Individual and community: normative conflicts in the development of a new therapeutic community for older persons.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

This paper examines the role of ideology in the establishment of a new therapeutic community for geriatric patients in a state mental hospital. Contradictory role expectations, reflected both in staff-staff and in staff-patient relationship, interfered with the program's achieving its stated goals. In order to apply a humanistic approach to programs for elderly patients, realistic goals-encompassing the range of patient competence-must be set within a reasonable time framework, and the program must provide for an appropriate range of structure.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Gatz, M; Siegler, IC; Dibner, SS

Published Date

  • 1979

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 10 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 249 - 263

PubMed ID

  • 521183

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0091-4150

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2190/j1yf-ryxv-bcd8-p9pr


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States