Institutionalism and Schizophrenia: A Comparative Study of Three Mental Hospitals 1960-1968

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-06-04
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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This book studies the relationship between institutionalism and schizophrenia in the lives of mental patients. The authors observed schizophrenic patients in three different mental hospitals over a period of eight years. Their conclusions are important for the better management of institutions and for the future of extra-mural mental health services. The lives of long-term schizophrenic patients are strictly limited by their institutionalised environments, which often produce negative effects. For example, patients are especially vulnerable to social understimulation, reacing with apathy and withdrawal. On the positive side, symptoms such as delusions and hallucinations may actually decrease during institutionalisation. The interesting approach to the positive and negative effects of institutionalisation on schizophrenics will give this book a wide readership in psychiatry, social psychology and the social sciences as well as among social workers, nurses and occupational therapists.

Table of Contents

Disease and the social environment
The design of the study and methods of measurement
The three mental hospitals
The nature of institutionalism in mental hospitals
Differences between the hospitals in 1960
Changes in patients and environment, 1960-1964
Changes in the three hospital compared, 1960-1968
The numerical data illustrated by a descriptive account of selected wards and representative patients
Comparative survey of schizophrenic patients in an American county hospital, 1964
Institutionalism and schizophrenia: summary, discussion and conclusions
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