Culture Change and Negro State Hospital Admissions
Norman Cameron in his textbook Behavior Pathology describes desocialization as one of the abnormal reactions found among the mentally sick. He designates two causes, namely isolation, a voluntary action, and segregation, a separation from the group by group action (20). Since the Negro in Virginia had been segregated for years, it was decided to compare the mental hospital statistics for the white and the Negro in Virginia to see if there was any evidence in the state hospital population to substantiate Cameron’s statement regarding the effect of segregation.
KeywordsCulture Change State Hospital Admission Rate Negro Patient Negro Population
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