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Joint Admission of Mothers and Children to a State Hospital

Peter H. van der Walde, MD; Donald Meeks, PhD; Henry U Grunebaum, MD; Justin L. Weiss, PhD
Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1968;18(6):706-711. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1968.01740060066008.
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EMOTIONALLY disturbed postoartum mothers offered the opportunity to care for their infants and young children on the ward has been part of the treatment pro-gram at the Massamhusetts Mental Health Center since 1960.1 Previously ,Douglas2 and Main,3 in England, had reported the usefulness of this procedute in a small nummber of neurotic and psychotic postpartum emotional emotional reactions, and it had been introduced at McLean Hospital in this country. The present paper describes the beginnings of such a joint admission program within the framework of a typical state mental hospital, and examines the expectations and responses of staff and patients as well as the feasibility and utility of this therapeutic adjunct.

In the fall of 1964, a pilot joint admission program was established at the Medfield State Hospital in Massachusetts. This study includes data about nine joint dmissions occurring between the fall of 1964 and the spring of


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