Community Life for the Mentally Ill: An Alternative to Institutional Care

Community Life for the Mentally Ill: An Alternative to Institutional Care

by George W. Fairweather, David H. Sanders, David L. Cressler, Hugo Maynard
     
 

Community Life for the Mentally Ill presents a social innovative experiment aimed at providing new and more participating social positions in American society for mental patients. It presents the events that occurred when a courageous group of former chronic mental patients abruptly left a hospital and established their own autonomous sub-society in a large,

Overview

Community Life for the Mentally Ill presents a social innovative experiment aimed at providing new and more participating social positions in American society for mental patients. It presents the events that occurred when a courageous group of former chronic mental patients abruptly left a hospital and established their own autonomous sub-society in a large, metropolitan area.

In order to complete this experiment, the patients created a small society in the community where discharged patients could live and work. Others evaluated the effects of the newly created society upon the behavior and perceptions of its members, which is also presented here. Both the descriptive and comparative aspects of this study are presented as they occurred in real life. The book is concerned with the medical, economic, sociological, and psychological facets of these former patients' daily lives. The effects of this small society upon the neighborhood and city in which it was located, as well as its effects upon professional persons, are richly explored.

Clearly defining a radical departure from standard methods for treating the mentally ill, the authors conclude that such an autonomous society can thrive in the appropriate setting; the ex-patient's chances of employment are increased and the chance of recidivism are reduced; the member's self-esteem is enhanced; treatment costs are greatly reduced; the community adjustment of all members is increased, especially among those who have been hospitalized for a long period. With new guidelines for identifying danger zones in urban settings, this becomes a critical work.

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From the Publisher
Community Life for the Mentally Ill: An Alternative to Institutional Care is part description, part report, part evaluation, and part special plea on behalf of certain assumptions or principles in the management of marginal men and societal rejects… [T]his volume will contribute significantly—both theoretically and practically—to the innovation of different and more effective treatment settings.” —Simon Dinitz, Journal of Health and Social Behavior “This book is a comprehensive report on research… to test the proposition that autonomy in the proper communal arrangement will sustain the expatient in the community.” —Irwin D. Rinder, American Sociological Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780202362137
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
03/31/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
387
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

George W. Fairweather was professor of psychology at Michigan State University and is author of Methods for Experimental Social Innovation and Social Psychology in Treating Mental Illness.

David H. Sanders was professor of psychology and psychiatry at Michigan State University. He has also been a research associate at Stanford University.

David L. Cressler is a professor of psychology at Portland State University.

Hugo Maynard is a professor of psychology at Portland State University.

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