Mental patients' attraction to the hospital: correlates of living preference.


Journal Article

Mental patients often show attraction to the hospital as a living alternative. In this study, 187 aftercare patients of an urban state hospital were examined for correlates of hospital attraction. Several variables, including background characteristics, psychosocial problems, psychiatric symptoms, substance abuse, and medication noncompliance, characterized the approximately 25% of the sample who showed hospital attraction. A logistic regression model for hospital attraction indicated that past hospital tenure, problems obtaining regular meals, positive symptoms of psychosis, and severe drug abuse contributed separately to the variance. The authors discuss the implications of these findings for treatment and public policy.

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Cited Authors

  • Drake, RE; Wallach, MA

Published Date

  • February 1, 1992

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 28 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 5 - 12

PubMed ID

  • 1315237

Pubmed Central ID

  • 1315237

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-2789

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0010-3853

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/bf00756697


  • eng