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Making It CrazyAn Ethnography of Psychiatric Clients in an American Community$
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Sue Estroff

Print publication date: 1985

Print ISBN-13: 9780520054516

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520054516.001.0001

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Reflections, Conclusions, and Questions For Further Research

Reflections, Conclusions, and Questions For Further Research

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(p.249) 11 Reflections, Conclusions, and Questions For Further Research
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Making It Crazy
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Sue E. Estroff

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520054516.003.0011

An analytic, inductive approach was helpful in discovering the richness and diversity of the clients' world. Some clients appeared less than satisfied with their world and themselves. Few made successful moves out of this reality, for they were constrained from so doing by their perceived and actual lack of fit anywhere else. Clients did not see themselves as regular people, nor did others. Some clients felt special, some felt awful, and some did not care to think about it. More research is required regarding the possible perverse dynamics of income-maintenance programs for the disabled. The medications issue also needs further thought and also has economic and political ramifications. It might be useful for treatment programs to recognize and adapt to the different temporal worlds of clients. Another area requiring further research and consideration concerns the ritual and symbolic components of making it crazy.

Keywords:   clients, income-maintenance programs, medications, treatment programs, crazy

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