The psychiatric patient in the community. Married mentally handicapped patients in the community

Author: Berry, J.M.;Shapiro, A.
Year: 1975
Reference Type: Journal Article
Journal/Book Title: Proceedings of the Royal Society of Medicine
Volume: 68
Issue: December
Pages: 795-798
Abstract: It is surprising how little factual information is available about the handicapped in the community, their special needs and their problems in becoming integrated. There is a tendency to speak of them as children and to plan services on this basis. However, the majority are adults with adult social needs - including interpersonal relationships in work and leisure, but above all in marriage and family rearing. It is for this reason that we chose to study couples in which both spouses had been patients in a hospital for the mentally handicapped, as they epitomize in pure culture the problems of mentally handicapped adults living in the community.

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