Characteristics of unplanned termination. A follow-up study of ten treatment cases
Hartman, Martha J.
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This was an exploratory study of factors related to unplanned termination of treatment. The cases of ten women who had been in casework at the Massachusetts Memorial Hospitals' Psychiatric Social Service Department and who had withdrawn from casework after five or more interviews were studied by examination of the records and by an interview with each subject. The following areas were investigated: the worker client relationship, the personal attributes of the client, the current environment, and the attitude of a significant person toward treatment. Analysis of the data indicated that the majority of discontinuers had not felt helped by their casework contact; that there had been some confusion for all subjects in one of the following areas: treatment goals, worker's role, or treatment plans; that important situational changes in the subject's environment around the time of discontinuance appeared to be directly related discontinuance,; that subjects tended to have more interests and activities at the time of discontinuance than they had at the beginning of treatment; and, that the attitude of a significant person toward treatment was positive more frequently around the time treatment began that it was around the time of discontinuance. It appeared that the factors examined may well influence a client's continuance in treatment.
Thesis (M.S.)--Boston University
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