Methodological Approaches to Behavior Modification with Long-Stay Psychiatric Patients

  • William R. Lindsay


This section contains contributions in behaviour modification with long-stay psychiatric patients, who represent the core of patients showing the most intractable symptoms, requiring long periods of hospitalisation or repeated hospitalisations. These patients typically present a long-standing aetiology and poor prognosis (Zigler and Phillips, 1960, 1961, 1962), severe psychotic symptoms often stabilised by long periods of drug treatment (Matson, 1980), and poor social adjustment and current social status (Kant, 1948; Murray and Cohen, 1959). Matson (1980) points out that as a greater emphasis is put on Community Care of the psychiatrically ill patient, and total hospital numbers are reduced, so a greater proportion of hospital beds are occupied by this “hard core” of chronic patients.


Operant Conditioning Behaviour Modification Social Skill Training Motivational Approach Environmental Manipulation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • William R. Lindsay
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  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentMonklands District General HospitalAirdrieScotland

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