By J. K. Wing

ISBN-10: 0521078822

ISBN-13: 9780521078825

This publication experiences the connection among institutionalism and schizophrenia within the lives of psychological sufferers. The authors saw schizophrenic sufferers in 3 various psychological hospitals over a interval of 8 years. Their conclusions are very important for the higher administration of associations and for the way forward for extra-mural psychological overall healthiness providers. The lives of long term schizophrenic sufferers are strictly restricted by means of their institutionalised environments, which frequently produce unwanted effects. for instance, sufferers are in particular at risk of social understimulation, reacing with apathy and withdrawal. at the confident aspect, signs reminiscent of delusions and hallucinations may very well lessen in the course of institutionalisation. The attention-grabbing method of the confident and unwanted effects of institutionalisation on schizophrenics will supply this booklet a large readership in psychiatry, social psychology and the social sciences in addition to between social staff, nurses and occupational therapists.

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Thus it is important to establish whether institutional procedures cause deterioration in schizophrenic patients. Such deterioration might take place either in symptomatology, or in aspects of behaviour and in attitudes which could reasonably be regarded as part of a syndrome of institutionalism even in people who were not ill (for example, dependence on the institution, apathy about leaving, lack of interest in events outside, lack of competence in extramural activities, resignation towards the institutional mode of life, and so on).

Strict ownership was not required; continuous and sole use was considered sufficient to define personal possession. For example, if a dress or towel was marked with a patient's name, and returned to the same patient each time after laundering, it was classed as personal property. An inventory of seventy articles of clothing or objects for personal use was used as a check list. 3 (p. 218). These lists have an interest which goes far beyond the possibility of quantifying possessions in general (important as this obviously is).

Severalls Hospital was opened in 1913 and had 1,590 patients at the end of 1959. There had been a reduction of 130 beds during the previous eight years. The physician superintendent had recently retired after twenty years' service, and the new chief doctor had been in office six weeks at the time of the first survey in April 1960. The hospital had been passing through a period of change, though the process had been taken further in the male than in the female wards. Progress had not been as rapid as at the other two hospitals.

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