Patients' attitudes towards and use of the social worker during the early phase of hospitalization for mental illness
Seder, Judith Ann
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Thesis (M.S.)--Boston UniversityBroadly, the purpose of this study is to examiner some aspects of the relationship between the practice of social casework and the treatment of mental illness in the mental hospital setting. It has long been acknowledged that the sociaal worker has a recognized role in the treatment of the mentally ill, since mental illness reflects some failure in social as well as personal adaptation. Social work in mental hospital settings, however, has expanded the concept of its role and undergone modifications. This evolution has been the result of new knowledge and new experiences. "The truth is that casework concepts are dynamic--they change, grow and develop..." This statement apolies as well to casework oriented to a specific setting as to the generic casework processes.