ERIC Number: ED136133
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Mar
Reference Count: 0
An Invisible Crisis: The Burden of Family Coping With the Mentally Ill as an Unintended Consequence of Deinstitutionalization.
Doll, William H.; and Others
This paper is an exploration into the multiple levels and dimensions of the familiar reactions to former mental patients. A form of the Incomplete Sentence Blank Test (ISB) is presented as an instrument to reach beyond the unidimensional restrictions of standard measures, which tend to ask respondents about abstract, hypothetical implications and deficiencies of the ISB for mental health research are explored. The findings suggest that families do carry a heavy burden. Although the majority of respondents do not express feelings of shame or strong wishes for social distance from the former patient, feelings of being trapped, antagonistic, and burdened by his presence are prominent. These reactions are most pronounced in those families attempting to cope with a kin perceived as still severely handicapped and those who have been hospitalized three or more times. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Orthopsychiatric Association (53rd, Atlanta, Georgia, March 3-6, 1976)