Date of Award

1973

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Department

Social Work

Physical Description

1 online resource (84p.)

Subjects

Oregon State Hospital (Salem, Or.)

DOI

10.15760/etd.1715

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to evaluate a token economy program at Oregon State Hospital in terms of patients’ behavioral improvement during the first seventy days of the program. As the study progressed, it became apparent that a study of the problems involved in initiating this program would be significant. Thus an attempt has been made to evaluate both the patients’ behavioral improvement and the problems involved in setting up an effective token economy program.

Prior to the June 1, 1972 reorganization of the hospital, the county geographical unit system had been in effect for approximately eleven years. On June 1st, three admission wards, two social remotivation wards, a behavior modification ward, two self-care wards and a token economy ward were established.

Although token economy programs have been widely used in state mental hospitals and in Veterans Administration Psychiatric hospitals across the country, this was the first attempt to use this type of operant conditioning therapy at Oregon State Hospital.

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/11252

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