Some observations on a trend toward geriatrics in clinical psychology

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The history of clinical psychology moved from its origins in the 19th century with an emphasis on the mental examination of children, through projective techniques and psychotherapy, to clinical work with all stages of the life cycle. The aged have been the last group to be included as a separate source of clinical work. The employment situation in the profession and science of psychology is reviewed, with trends pointing to a clinical psychology of old age. Facilities that will be at the forefront of the demand are government-supported nursing homes and long-term-care hospitals. Few clinicians are trained properly for this work, but guidelines are offered that would ameliorate the situation. (18 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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