The effects of hospital closure on mental health workers: An overview of employment, mental and physical health, and attitudinal outcomes

  • Debra J. Mesch
  • John H. McGrew
  • Bernice A. Pescosolido
  • Diana F. Haugh
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF02287275

Cite this article as:
Mesch, D.J., McGrew, J.H., Pescosolido, B.A. et al. The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research (1999) 26: 305. doi:10.1007/BF02287275

Abstract

This article examines the physical, psychological, and attitudinal impact of the closure of Central State Hospital (CSH) on its former employees. Eighty-five former CSH employees were interviewed at two points in time, preclosure and postclosure. Data on the psychological and physical health and employment attitudes of workers were collected prior to and eight months after organizational closure. Over time, workers had more positive attitudes about the hospital closure as well as reporting less depression, less work stress, and use of more coping strategies at postclosure. However, at postclosure, they also reported increased work conflict, lower income, and a more pessimistic outlook toward their future. Implications for hospital closure are discussed.

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© Association of Behavioral Healthcare Management 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Debra J. Mesch
    • 1
  • John H. McGrew
    • 2
  • Bernice A. Pescosolido
    • 3
  • Diana F. Haugh
    • 4
  1. 1.School of Public and Environmental AffairsIndiana University-Purdue University IndianapolisIndianapolis
  2. 2.Department of Psychology at Indiana University-Purdue University at IndianapolisUSA
  3. 3.Department of Sociology at Indiana UniversityBloomington
  4. 4.Larue D. Carter Memorial HospitalIndianapolis