The Mental Hospital Revisited: A Proposal

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Abstract

Mental hospital treatment stresses an overcaring, humanistic approach that tends to foster a passive role dependence of patients on institutions and people. The author proposes a treatment concept of an “active, self-participatory involvement” by patients. This approach allows patients to experience an active role by participation in various tasks and assumption of responsibilities in running the ward. Staff gradually delegates decision-making processes, implementation of plans, and even a certain administrative authority to patients.

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