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October 2021

Motivation for psychotherapy of elderly patients in a clinic for rehabilitation - an empirical study

Author(s): Lange, C., Radebold, H.

Journal/Book: Z Psychosom Med Psychother. 2000; 46: Theaterstrasse 13, , D-37073 Gottingen, Germany. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht. 259-272.

Abstract: With the increase of elderly patients in psychosomatic clinics the question arise, what about the motivation and expectations of these patients. Here an empirical study is presented, where 189 elderly (greater than or equal to 55 years) and 190 younger (< 55 years) patients are included. They are analysed with different questionnaires. The elderly patients show less psychosocial attribution for their disease, less motivation and expectation for psychotherapy and a more negative accentuated attitude to psychotherapy. But the expectations especially of the elderly differ in a wide range. In a clusteranalysis three groups are separated: low, middle and high motivated patients. The older patients are over represented in the group of the low motivated patients. These older patients doesn't occure any recovery of symptoms. At last some clinical aspects, concerning this group, are discussed.

Note: Article Peters M, Rothaarklin Psychosomat Med, Spielacker, D-57319 Bad Berleburg, GERMANY

Keyword(s): elderly patients; motivation for psychotherapy; psychosomatic clinic; PSYCHOANALYSIS; LIFE

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