August 1960

Integration of Husbands into the Treatment Program of Hospitalized Schizophrenic Women

Author Affiliations

Towson, Md.
Clinical Coordinator, Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital, Towson, Md. (Dr. Lichtenberg).

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1960;3(2):122-127. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1960.01710020006002

As a result of a study of the reactions of 43 husbands of women who were hospitalized for schizophrenic illnesses, we became aware of the significance the husbands' reactions had to the prognosis of their wives' illnesses.* We realized the need for exploring all the possible means to integrate the husbands into the treatment programs of their wives. This required initially an examination and alteration of our attitudes and prejudices and, subsequently, devising means to use most effectively the procedures at our disposal to influence favorably the husband-wife interaction.

We recognized that, prior to the beginning of the study, we tended to devote as much time as possible to patients and rarely sought to have more than minimal contacts with the members of their families. Not only did we feel that patients would derive greater benefit if they had more interview time with us, but also

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