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Adolescence and BeyondFamily Processes and Development$
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Patricia K. Kerig, Marc S. Schulz, and Stuart T. Hauser

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199736546

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199736546.001.0001

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Psychiatric Hospitalization

Psychiatric Hospitalization

The Utility of Using Archival Records to Understand the Lives of Adolescent Patients

(p.287) 13 Psychiatric Hospitalization
Adolescence and Beyond

Karin M. Best

Stuart T. Hauser

Oxford University Press

This chapter highlights the methodological challenges and potential benefits of examining archival psychiatric records to collect valuable information about the individual and family context of hospitalization, and to illuminate the processes that shape short- and long-term adaptation following psychiatric hospitalization. It presents the system used to evaluate the feasibility of employing archival psychiatric records to capture important differences among patients, describes the “life chart” technique used to distill the voluminous information, and demonstrates that a measure created for use with contemporaneous data can be reliably and validly used with archival materials to address important and substantive questions about the precursors and sequelae of adolescent psychiatric hospitalization.

Keywords:   archival hospital records, patient records, adolescent psychiatric hospitalization, life chart technique

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