Community treatment of the mentally ill: The promise of mutual-help organizations

Deborah A. Salem, Edward Seidman, Julian Rappaport

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The failure of deinstitutionalization is less a problem of what is known and more a problem of what is done. The literature on alternatives to hospitalization suggests that successful programs involve individually tailored, assertive, long-term support. Mutual-help organizations, which have the above-mentioned characteristics, are promising community treatment alternatives consistent with the original goals of deinstitutionalization and with current political and economic realities. One such organization, observed by a research team over a period of 5 years, is presented as an example.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)403-408
Number of pages6
JournalSocial Work (United States)
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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