Oct 1, 1977

Asylums revisited

The American Journal of Psychiatry
R PeeleD Taylor

Abstract

The authors revisited Erving Goffman's Asylum (Saint Elizabeths Hospital) and found both the "institutionalization" and "secondary adjustment" phenomena he described 20 years ago. However, they question whether secondary adjustments necessarily follows institutionalization. They also express doubt that institutionalization should be condemned automatically and suggest that it may in fact be the approach of choice for some patients.

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Individual Adjustment
Assertive Community Treatment
Alcohol Abuse
Psychiatric Hospital
Self Care (Rehabilitation)
Hospital Stay
Diagnosis, Psychiatric
Substance-Related Disorders

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