Jefferson Journal of Psychiatry


This paper is a description of an unsuccessful attempt to carry out group therapy with elderly Russian-Jewish immigrants.

An attempt was made to conduct group therapy following general principals of traditional psychotherapy with geriatric populations.

In the final analysis, we conclude that culturally based preconceptions toward psychotherapy, culturally based stereotypes of interpersonal relationships and culturally-based transference to the therapist were the primary reasons for the development of negative transference and resistance which culminated in the ultimate failure of group psychotherapy with this group of elderly immigrants.

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