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ERIC Number: ED019685
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Mar-21
Pages: 17
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Reference Count: 0
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SOCIALIZATION OF THE YOUNGER PSYCHIATRIC PATIENT--THE COMMUNITY AND THE HOSPITAL-A DUAL RESPONSIBILITY.
GIORDANO, JOSEPH; AND OTHERS
TO ASSIST YOUNG, MENTAL PATIENTS IN OVERCOMING SOME OF THEIR SOCIAL DEFICITS, TWO RESOCIALIZATION PROJECTS (PRE- AND POST-DISCHARGE) WERE INITIATED TO MOVE THE PATIENT FROM A MENTAL HOSPITAL SETTING INTO THE LARGER COMMUNITY, WITH A COMMUNITY CENTER AS THE LEARNING GROUND. CAREFULLY SELECTED PATIENTS FROM THE HOSPITAL WERE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK AS VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT LEADERS IN "Y" COMMUNITY CENTER PROGRAMS. ASSIGNMENTS WERE DETERMINED BY THE PATIENT'S PSYCHOLOGICAL NEEDS AND INTERESTS, THE HOSPITAL'S TREATMENT PLAN, AND THE NEEDS OF THE CENTER. PHASE ONE PREPARED PATIENTS FOR DISCHARGE THROUGH PARTICIPATION IN A CORE GROUP. AFTER DISCHARGE, THE PATIENTS REMAINED IN THE CORE GROUP WHILE PARTICIPATING IN NON-PATIENT ACTIVITY GROUPS WITHIN THE CENTER. THE FINAL PHASE INVOLVED LEAVING THE CORE GROUP TO PARTICIPATE AUTONOMOUSLY IN COMMUNITY CENTER ACTIVITIES. BECAUSE THE PATIENT'S FAMILY IS ALSO INVOLVED IN THE ADJUSTMENT STRUGGLE, THE NEED TO DEVELOP A PROGRAM INVOLVING THE FAMILY IS DISCUSSED BY THE AUTHORS. THESE TWO PROGRAMS PROVIDED PATIENTS WITH--(1) AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN SOCIAL SKILLS, AND (2) A CHALLENGING STIMULUS WHICH COUNTERACTED THE EFFECTS OF INSTITUTIONALIZATION. THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE PROGRAM WAS A DIRECT RESULT OF COLLABORATION BETWEEN HOSPITAL AND COMMUNITY CENTER, AND CONTINUITY OF TREATMENT. THIS PAPER WAS PRESENTED AT THE 45TH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE AMERICAN ORTHOPSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION (CHICAGO, MARCH 21, 1968). (CG)
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Authoring Institution: American Orthopsychiatric Association, New York, NY.
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