Social class and psychiatric treatment: Application of a decision-making model to use patterns in a cost-free clinic

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Abstract

To test the assumption that as costs of therapy change, class differences in use of therapy will also change, 500 records were classified by social class. As perceived costs changed, help seeking also changed, with higher-class people seeking therapy less. No class differences were found for diagnoses, length of therapy, or outcome. Although a slight initial bias in favor of higher-class people was observed, outcome data suggest that this bias reflected an unrealistically optimistic view of higher-class patients rather than a pessimistic view of lower-class patients. (2 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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