Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work




Mentally ill -- Oregon, Oregon State Hospital (Salem Or.)



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1 online resource (112 p.)


This study was undertaken in February and March of 1975 in order to provide in depth analysis of those seeking hospital admission. It is a descriptive study of requests for voluntary admission to Oregon State Hospital. Special care was taken to incorporate the study in such a way that the current admitting procedures would not be rearranged or changed in any way.

Essentially the study asks the questions:

  • Who makes self-requests for hospitalization?
  • Where do they come from? When? How do they get there? Why do they come?
  • What is the history of their contact with other community agencies for service or previous hospitalizat ion?
  • How does the hospital respond to the requests?

In order to better understand the dynamics of the requesting population, attention was focused on:

  • The possible differences between those individuals admitted and those denied admission.
  • The comparisons of requests for first admission and readmission.
  • The relationship of age and sex differences to the other findings in the study


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A practicum submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Social Work, Portland State University, 1976.

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