Date Approved

5-6-2003

Embargo Period

5-10-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Psychology

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Klanderman, John

Second Advisor

Dihoff, Roberta

Subject(s)

Mentally ill--Care; Psychiatric hospitals--Admission and discharge

Disciplines

Educational Psychology

Abstract

The purpose of this research was to identify the factors which lead chronic mentally ill adults to be rehospitalized when compared to other chronic mentally ill adults, attending the same partial care program, who have not been rehospitalized. The sample included 108 subjects attending a particular partial care program. The subjects ranged between the ages of 20-80+. Each of the subjects has met the criteria for a DSM-IV diagnosis.

The researcher reviewed each of the subject's charts to determine if he/she has been readmitted to a psychiatric hospital while attending the partial care program. The subjects were then grouped accordingly readmitted vs. non-readmitted. In addition, several factors were accounted for, regardless of the subject's grouping.

The results of this study were significant. The subjects who had readmissions were found to have had more than one contributing factor that resulted in the relapse and a hospital readmission. Meanwhile, those without a relapse were dominant in one factor, having a psychotic diagnosis. It was also discovered that attending a partial care program might decrease an individual's probability of having a relapse.

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