THE VARIETIES OF READMISSION: The Case Against the Use of Recidivism Rates as a Measure of Program Effectiveness

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Abstract

The many kinds and functions of rehospitalization—frequently having little, if anything, to do with the recidivist's psychiatric status per se—are examined. It it suggested that the use of recidivism rates may blind evaluators, program planners, and practitioners to the multiplicity of dynamics involved in the rehospitalization process.

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