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Social Isolation and Seating Patterns in an Experimental Hospital Dayroom

  • Charles J. Holahan
Part of the The Plenum Social Ecology Series book series (PSES)

Abstract

The design of psychiatric hospitals has been subject to particular criticism for its failure to perform adequately as a social setting. A number of authors (Bailey, 1966; Griffin, Mauritzen, & Kasmar, 1969; Osmond, 1957) have underscored the need for environmental research to investigate psychiatric hospital settings in the light of psychological and social needs. Spivack (1967) has testified to the auditory and visual perceptual distortions caused by the elongated tunnels and corridors prevalent in many psychiatric facilities. Esser, Chamberlain, Chappie, and Kline (1965) have studied the relationship between territorial behavior on a psychiatric ward and position in a dominance hierarchy. Sivadon (1970) has reported favorable therapeutic results at the Marcel Rivière Institute in France where the architecture, size, and spatial relationship of buildings were designed to meet specific therapeutic objectives.

Keywords

Social Participation Verbal Interaction Psychiatric Ward Behavior Category Experimental Hospital 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles J. Holahan
    • 1
  1. 1.The University of Texas at AustinUSA

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