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Breaking a Cycle of Hospitalization Through the Psychiatric House Call
Shoukry Matta; Mirta T. Mulhare
Psychiatric Services 1976; doi:
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Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Department of Psychiatry Thomas jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1976 by the American Psychiatric Association

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The authors discuss a case in which family therapy administered in a home setting helped to break a cycle of psychiatric hospitalization that had continued for ten years. Their patient had adopted a persistent behavioral pattern involving protective magic rituals and consultations with spirits as a defense against other problems in her family relationships. With regular visits from the therapists and cooperation from each member of the family, the patient's symptoms were ameliorated and the family situation greatly improved after eight months. The authors believe that because they worked with the entire family as a system, were able to recognize sociocultural factors that had not been dealt with in the patient's hospitalizations, and were able to stimulate communication among family members in a home setting, they were able to see more immediate results and thus were able to break the costly cycle of repeated hospitalizations.

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