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ERIC Number: ED170620
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Oct-19
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
The Cart Before the Horse: Families Coping With the Policy of Deinstitutionalization.
Thompson, Edward H., Jr.; And Others
Feelings and attitudes were investigated among family members with mentally ill relatives whose treatment delivery system was being "deinstitutionalized" or moved from hospital-based treatment to community-based treatment. Subjects (N=125) were interviewed at home by either mental health professionals or professional interviewers. Results indicated that: (1) family members felt embarrassment at having the former patient at home, but not an overwhelming sense of burden unless the patient's behavior was highly overtly symptomatic; (2) families without adult support were more likely to feel burdened; (3) normal routines tended to be disrupted most often when only one relative was present to cope with the former patient; and (4) parents tend to be the most accommodating when the former patient's behavior is judged "abnormal." (Author/HLM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 19-22, 1978)