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Research Article  |   May 1980
Impact of Institutionalization on the Posture of Chronic Schizophrenic Patients
Author Affiliations
  • Mary Ann Beck, M.S., OTR, and Deborah Klayman Callahan, M.S., OTR, are occupational therapist at United Cerebral Palsy Center, Suffolk County Committee, New York
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Mental Health / Features
Research Article   |   May 1980
Impact of Institutionalization on the Posture of Chronic Schizophrenic Patients
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, May 1980, Vol. 34, 332-335. doi:10.5014/ajot.34.5.332
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, May 1980, Vol. 34, 332-335. doi:10.5014/ajot.34.5.332
Abstract

In this study the impact of institutionalization on the posture of chronic, undifferentiated schizophrenic patients was examined. The postures of a sample group of schizophrenic patients were measured: this group was then divided into those who had been continuously institutionalized and those who had been intermittently institutionalized. Patients who had been hospitalized for a longer, continuous period were found to have significantly poorer posture than those who were institutionalized for a similar period of time, but only intermittently. The authors raise questions about better understanding of posture and movement for more effective therapy programs.