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A first Volunteer Case Aid programme in a mental hospital. Revealing the voluntary helper's role of reality testing between staff and patients.
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PMID:  623715     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A pilot Voluntary Case Aid programme in an English Mental Hospital using National Health Service resources is described. The selection of ten volunteers and ten patients and the preparation of all personnel was followed by regular contacts for at least a year. Subsequent evaluation suggested high motivation with both Case Aids and patients. Changes towards improved social functioning were evident in most cases by the end of the project. A relationship starting, continuing and finishing is reported in detail and from this study it is clear that the volunteer was a reality tester for staff and patient alike, constructively disturbing and modifying their mutual projections. This was true of most of the Case Aid interventions and the implications are discussed. A method of group supervision for Case Aids is reported.
T Lear; J Lewington
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The British journal of medical psychology     Volume:  51     ISSN:  0007-1129     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Med Psychol     Publication Date:  1978 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1978-04-17     Completed Date:  1978-04-17     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370640     Medline TA:  Br J Med Psychol     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  77-86     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Attitude of Health Personnel
Hospital Volunteers*
Hospitals, Psychiatric / manpower*
Interpersonal Relations
Middle Aged
Professional-Patient Relations
Psychiatric Aides / education,  utilization*
Social Adjustment

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