ERIC Number: ED046548
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Characteristics of Discharged Mental Patients in Rural 18-County Sparsely Populated Eastern Montana.
Kraenzel, Carl F.; Macdonald, Frances H.
In order to obtain information about the nature and extent of mental illness in a sparsely populated area, the National Institute of Mental Health and the Montana Agricultural Experiement Station made a study of patients who had been discharged from a Montana state hospital for the mentally ill from January 1, 1963 to July 1, 1965. Only patients from 18 sparsely populated eastern Montana counties who had been returned to those counties for at least 30 days of residence were included in the sample. Research definitions and procedures were modified since interviewing was not all first-hand but entailed some "recall" on the part of the patient. A suitable correspondent or the patient himself was available to provide information on each of the 113 people included in the study. The study revealed such factors as deficits of services in sparsely populated areas, a strikingly imbalanced sex ratio (i.e. many more adult males than females), low educational level, and low income level. (LS)
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Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: Montana State Univ., Bozeman. Montana Agricultural Experiment Station.