Cohesion of the primary social network and sustained service use before the first psychiatric hospitalization.

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Source
J Behav Health Serv Res. 2002 Nov;29(4):404-18
Publication Type
Article
Date
Nov-2002
Author
Normand Carpentier
Deena White
Author Affiliation
Research Centre, University of Montreal Institute of Geriatrics, 4565, Chemin Queen-Mary, Montréal, Québec, Canada H3W 1W5. normand.carpentier@umontreal.ca
Source
J Behav Health Serv Res. 2002 Nov;29(4):404-18
Date
Nov-2002
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Adult
Continuity of Patient Care
Cooperative Behavior
Decision Making
Family
Female
Group Processes
Hospitals, Psychiatric - utilization
Humans
Male
Mental Health Services - utilization
Patient Acceptance of Health Care
Qualitative Research
Quebec
Social Support
Social Work, Psychiatric - organization & administration
Abstract
This study analyzed the relationship between social network dynamics and initial help-seeking behaviors. The primary social network was reconstructed for the period beginning with initial observation of unusual behavior and ending with first psychiatric hospitalization. The social network's influence was analyzed based on the concept of social network cohesion, considering both structure and content of social ties. The results demonstrate that networks succeed in referring the family member to services and in maintaining a clinical follow-up to the degree that they are cohesive. When a network lacks cohesiveness, the onset and development of problem behaviors are less easily recognized. These findings confirm the importance of social and interactional contexts in decision-making processes leading to use of psychiatric services and specify the roles they play.
PubMed ID
12404935 View in PubMed
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