June 1965

Prediction of Admission to a Psychiatric Hospital

Author Affiliations

From the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology (Dr. Jones); Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, now Professor of Psychology, Ohio University (Dr. Kahn); and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry (Dr. Langsley).
Reprint requests to 4200 E Ninth Ave, Denver, Colo 80220 (Dr. Jones).

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1965;12(6):607-610. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1965.01720360079013

MANY innovations in mental hospitals over the last ten years have been accompanied by a reevaluation of almost all aspects of traditional hospital practice. Some studies have indicated that people seek admission to mental hospitals not primarily because of their mental disorder, but on the basis of factors in their social living situations, etc.2,3,5,6 On this basis the traditional assumption that the admitting doctor's judgments of the state of the patient's illness determines admission or nonadmission to a mental hospital has been questioned.7 In fact, the standards for admission to any mental hospital are seldom explicit and even when stated, they sometimes appear to bear little relationship to the actual admission procedures. This confusion about admission policies appears to have contributed to the lack of differentiation of the levels at which social and intrapsychic variables operate.

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