THE SHELTERED WORKSHOP IN PSYCHIATRIC REHABILITATION:

Therapeutic Modality and Socioeconomic Resource

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Abstract

It was hypothesized that gainful employment in which at least mildly aberrant behavior could be tolerated would not only keep many erstwhile psychiatric patients out of the hospital but also lead to further social adjustment and mental improvement. A sheltered workshop was started to test these hypotheses, with the help of a continuous control series. The operation is described. Our conclusion after five years is that, when used to provide work, hence a livelihood, for released male patients unable to hold ordinary employment, the psychiatric sheltered workshop significantly reduces the number of returns to the hospital.

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