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Impact of Undergraduate Volunteers On the Social Behaviour of Chronic Psychotic Patients

Impact of Undergraduate Volunteers On the Social Behaviour of Chronic Psychotic Patients

Abstract

96 Impact of Undergraduate Volunteers On the Social Behaviour of Chronic Psychotic Patients SAGE Publications, Inc.1965DOI: 10.1177/002076406501100202 James C. Beck M.D., PH.D Mt. Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, Massachusetts David Kantor PH.D. Harvard University, Department of Social Relations Victor Gelineau Boston University, Department of Sociology AND WITHIN the past 15 years, as psychiatrists and social scientists have begun to work together, it has become increasingly clear that a broader understanding of the clinically observable patterns of mental illness can be obtained if the patient's environment, as well as the patient himself, is studied. In this context, the mental hospital as a functioning social institution has been the subject of considerable investigation. Stanton and Schwartz~6> presented one of the first systematic attempts to relate clinical phenomena to social structure. Their work established the interdependence of patient behaviour and social structure at a small private hospital in which all patients underwent psychotherapy. Belknap~l> studied the social organization of a large state hospital, and showed that it accentuated the difference between patients and attendants; however, he carefully refrained from drawing any conclusions concerning the effects of the social structure on the clinically observable patterns of patient behaviour. The increasing recognition of the importance
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