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Hospitalization of Psychiatric Patients: Physician-Centered and Family-Centered Influence Patterns

Nancy E. Waxler and Elliott G. Mishler
Journal of Health and Human Behavior
Vol. 4, No. 4 (Winter, 1963), pp. 250-257
DOI: 10.2307/2948831
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2948831
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Hospitalization of Psychiatric Patients: Physician-Centered and Family-Centered Influence Patterns
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Abstract

Analyses of physician-patient roles have tended to emphasize a particular normative pattern in which the patient relinquishes his rights and the physician takes full responsibility for the treatment decision and the patient's fate. This study of the decision to hospitalize points to a second normative power pattern-the family-centered relationship-in which the patient's relative retains responsibility for the decision. These two normative role patterns have implications both for the outcome of referrals to psychiatric hospitals as well as for the sociological theory of roles and deviance.

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