ERIC Number: ED056159
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jul
Reference Count: 0
An Evaluation of Rehabilitation Services and the Role of Industry in the Community Adjustment of Psychiatric Patients Following Hospitalization. Final Report.
Schmidt, James R.; And Others
The objectives of this study were to determine the extent to which private enterprise could participate in the vocational rehabilitation of the discharged psychiatric patient and to evaluate the effects of rehabilitation services on the community adjustment of such patients. A total of 202 subjects were randomly assigned to three research groups: those having available the services of the agency, those having vocational counseling services only, and those in a control group limited to other existing community facilities. Over 40 business firms provided temporary work opportunities for 160 subjects at any one time, with wages totalling over $300,000 a year. At the end of the study, rehospitalization rates for agency subjects were lower, but not significantly, than the other research groups. However, for subjects entering the study within 4 months of leaving the hospital the reduction in rehospitalization rates for agency subjects was significant. Work exposure was secured for 85 percent of agency subjects, including transitional employment, compared to 57 percent for control and vocational counseling groups. A third of all agency subjects failed to utilize services beyond 20 visits, exhibiting a high drop-out rate. (Author)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Social and Rehabilitation Service (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Fountain House Foundation, Inc., New York, NY.