October 1959

Some Family Operations and SchizophreniaA Study of Five Hospitalized Families Each with a Schizophrenic Member

Author Affiliations

Bethesda, Md.

AMA Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1959;1(4):379-402. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1959.03590040049005

The Family Study Project  This paper arises out of the work of the Family Study Project. This project is unique in bringing family units into the hospital for study and treatment. Five families have lived in the hospital for periods of six months to two and one-half years. The two initial families each consisted of a mother and her daughter, the father having left the home. Two later families have included the mother, father, and two siblings, and one has consisted of the father, mother, and one sibling.†Efforts have been made to allow the families as much privacy as possible. Each family has one or two hotel-like rooms for sleeping and private quarters. Recording has been limited to the therapy hours, family interactions in the common rooms—the halls, dining rooms, kitchen, occupational therapy room, and TV room—and such interactions in the families’ private quarters

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