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Family life in a community residence


A residence for adults which primarily houses psychiatric patients who had been hospitalized for many years can be made into a therapeutic living situation. The use of a therapeutic community approach in which patients and staff are encouraged to be open, communicative, and mutually supportive and where problem solving is done in both a relaxed and structured setting can approach an extended-family situation. This type of program offers a method of changing this type of residence from a custodial-like institution to a therapeutic family-like setting.

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Winston, A., Lieberman, H.J. Family life in a community residence. Psych Quart 50, 50–54 (1978).

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  • Public Health
  • Family Life
  • Psychiatric Patient
  • Living Situation
  • Community Approach