Some changes in the characteristics of articles published in the Journal of Applied Psychology over the past 20 years

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Reports a change in the mean length of hospitalization and related factors concerning 394 patients during 1965–1966 (59 patients), 1966–1967 (79 patients), 1967–1968 (77 patients), 1969–1970 (79 patients) and 1971–1972 (100 patients). The mean hospitalization period decreased significantly from 301 days in the 1965–1966 observation period to 191 days in 1967–2968 and 156 days in 1971–2972. Since the 1967–2968 observation period, the number of cases treated with high doses of psychotropic drugs was significantly reduced. The use of butylophenon derivatives increased year by year from 1965–66 to 1971–72, while the use of phenothiazine derivatives decreased. The percentage of full remissions was significantly reduced year by year, but the percentage of patients who had some pathological experiences at the time of discharge stayed approximately the same during the entire period. This evidence suggests that therapists have tended to discharge their inpatients sooner than before even if the patients have some remaining pathological symptoms, and that the discharged patients have been able to adapt themselves to normal social life. (English summary) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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