Therapists’ and Patients’ Perceptions, as They Relate to Discharge from Private Inpatient Psychiatric Hospitals

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)



Date of Award

Fall 2015


The focus for inpatient psychiatric treatment is to help keep patients safe, who otherwise are unable to make safe rational decisions. Admissions to treatment facilities include patients who are suicidal, homicidal, and/or psychotic or who display unmanageable bipolar symptoms, or whose overall safety is a concern. When patients are admitted to psychiatric facilities, they are encouraged to create positive systems for themselves outside of the hospital, which will help them to survive independently of the need for hospitalization. This is a process that begins immediately after admission into a hospital. The reason for this study is to provide information regarding a possible relationship between therapist and patient perceptions. The focus for this study is to further explore patients’ readiness for discharge as related to a) effectiveness of group therapy, b) understanding treatment goals, c) feeling better upon discharge than admission, d) understanding of medications, e) importance of following discharge plans, and f) overall satisfaction of treatment provided.


Chester Robinson

Subject Categories

Counseling | Social and Behavioral Sciences