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Thesis - University Access Only
Master of Science (MS)
psychology of the mentally ill, loneliness
It is estimated that there are approximately forty million people in the United States with a mental disorder. In 1955 the population in the state and county hospitals was 558,992 individuals.
Deinstitutionalization has allowed many people with severe and persistent mental disorders too live in community settings instead of locked in wards. This has had both a positive and negative outcome.
One of the possible problems associated with community living is loneliness. No one is exempt from experiencing temporary loneliness but positive mental health is at risk of those persons incurring ongoing, persistent loneliness.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Mentally ill -- Psychology
Number of Pages
South Dakota State University
Copyright © 1997 Lisa Smith-Kautzman. All rights reserved
Smith-Kautzman, Lisa, "The Severely and Persistently Mentally Ill Adult Living in the Community: The Experience of Loneliness" (1997). Theses and Dissertations. 897.