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ERIC Number: ED170666
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug-31
Reference Count: 0
Barriers to Deinstitutionalization: Social Systems Influences on Environmental Design Interventions.
Slotnick, Robert S.; Jeger, Abraham M.
Recent years have witnessed a broadening of the role of the behavior modifier to that of "environmental designer" and institutional change agent. As deinstitutionalization policies have been mandated across the country, a major challenge for institutional behavioral programs has been brought to the surface--i.e., generalization and transfer of skills from hospital to community. Viewed within the broader environmental design context, this task has been complicated by a new set of systems variables, which serve as barriers to deinstitutionalization. Identified and discussed are 23 distinct barriers to deinstitutionalization. These barriers are conceptualized within a five-stage hierarchical level of environmental design interventions--individual/family, organizational, community, institutional and societal/ideological. Additionally, the results of a study which employed an instrument designed on the basis of this conceptualization to assess resistance to deinstitutionalization are reported. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August, 1978); Best copy available