Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp 63–73 | Cite as

Community characteristics that affect affect hospitalization and rehospitalization rates in a municipal psychiatric hospital

  • Laurence Schweitzer
  • Hugo Kierszenbaum


Age-specific rates of psychiatric admissions for Brooklyn are almost exclusively explained by socioeconomic measures. A measure of interpersonal contact explains an additional small increment of the variance. When the same age-specific rates are compared for whites and blacks, the relative importance of socioeconomic measures lessens and social and family structures emerge as significant predictors. The existence of unique ethnic-related factors as intervening variables in hospital admissions is strongly suggested by the data. A measure of interpersonal contact best predicts the percentage readmitted. In contrast the percentage admitted is strongly related to social and family structure measures.


Public Health Hospital Admission Health Psychology Family Structure Psychiatric Hospital 
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© Human Sciences Press 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Laurence Schweitzer
    • 1
  • Hugo Kierszenbaum
    • 2
  1. 1.Baylor College of MedicineHouston
  2. 2.Getsinger Medical Center in Danville

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