Deinstitutionalization in Two Cultures

American and British reformers may act as if reducing the number of beds alone reduces human distress or the incidence and prevalence of psychiatric illness. Deinstitutionalization requires a recognition of changed relationships between patients and staff, and between patients and families. Our two cultures have responded differently to questions of where, by whom, and how to treat their mental patients.

Author(s): Douglas Bennett

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Volume 57, Issue 4 (pages 516–532)
Published in 1979