The therapeutic community--fact or fantasy?

Zeitlyn, B. B.
October 1967
British Journal of Psychiatry;Oct67, Vol. 113 Issue 503, p1083
Academic Journal
journal article
The article focuses on the principles applied by the therapeutic community which has attracted extensive literature including several studies in Great Britain. The therapeutic community is generally considered as an alternative of the traditional mental hospital wherein the role of the patient is to be sick. The role given to the patient in the therapeutic community is that of a responsible member of a social group, while the hospital is regarded as a form of community of both patients and staff. The continued appraisal of the therapeutic community approach is necessary because of the idealization that it attracts. The introduction of the therapeutic community leads to discrimination and selection of patients and to the formation of a new group of rejected ones.


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