Exploration of countertransference toward the dying

Am J Orthopsychiatry. 1981 Jan;51(1):71-77. doi: 10.1111/j.1939-0025.1981.tb01349.x.


Uneasy feelings toward death and the dying are probably more universally shared than any others. The nature of countertransference toward the dying and the extent of its denial, which could constitute a hindrance to therapy, is explored. A questionnaire survey of professionals and a nonprofessional control group revealed no significant differences between the two groups. The need for additional training in this area for professionals is indicated.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Attitude to Death*
  • Countertransference*
  • Denial, Psychological
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychology, Clinical
  • Psychotherapy* / education
  • Social Work, Psychiatric