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, Volume 21, Issue 3, pp 267–285 | Cite as

Group psychotherapy with the aging gay male: Treatment of choice

  • Joel C. Frost
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Abstract

This article summarizes many issues facing gay men as they age. Aging for gay men is a complex phenomenon involving identity, self-esteem, internalized homophobia, stereotypes about older gay men, and the paucity of positive gay male images or role models to help direct their development. In this article, I will attempt to illuminate some of the complex variables of aging, as well as illustrate through case examples that group psychotherapy is a particularly helpful forum for skills development for middle age and older gay men. The themes covered include: 1) commitment struggles—especially anxiety management and conflict resolution, 2) self-esteem regulation, 3) projections and internalizations, 4) capacity for intimacy, and 5) unresolved grief and loss due to the impact of AIDS: Alone vs. Lonely.

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group therapy gay male homosexuality aging 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joel C. Frost
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  1. 1.Beth Israel Deaconess Medical CenterBoston

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