The View-point of the Mentally Subnormal Patient

Ballinger, Brian R.
March 1973
British Journal of Psychiatry;Mar73, Vol. 122 Issue 568, p315
Academic Journal
The article examines the opinions of mentally subnormal patients about their condition and care in hospitals. Patients were interviewed from eight adult wards in Strathmartine Hospital in Dundee, Scotland. The limited intellectual capacity and social experience of these patients must be taken into account when assessing the results. Most of them did not see themselves as being ill. They differed from a population of short-stay psychiatric patients, of whom 88 percent thought they had some illness.


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