Mary Ann Beck, Deborah Klayman Callahan; Impact of Institutionalization on the Posture of Chronic Schizophrenic Patients. Am J Occup Ther 1980;34(5):332-335. doi: 10.5014/ajot.34.5.332.
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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.
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