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Atlanta University (AU)


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This study examined the effects of aftercare services being provided to the deinstitutionalized population of the Southside Catchment Area of Fulton County, Atlanta, Georgia. The researcher hypothesized that community-based services are not effective in helping discharged patients function adequately in the community. In attempting to prove the main hypothesis, four specific propositions were addressed: (1) Patients released from the hospital into the community will need continuity of aftercare services; (2) Patient's readmission to the hospital will be a result of the lack of adequate aftercare services; (3) The higher the rate of utilization of available aftercare services the lower the recidivism rate; and (4) There is a lack of community support systems for discharged patients.

The empirical referent for this study included a random sample of deinstitutionalized individuals, chosen from the three boarding homes in the Southside Catchment Area and the Atlanta Southside Community Health Center--Mental Health Unit. A questionnaire was used as the data collection instrument. Frequency distribution, percentage tables, chi square, Cramer's V, and Phi are used to analyze the study data.

The major findings of this study supports the main hypothesis, and specific propositions 1, 2, and 4. The conclusion, thus, is that aftercare services are not effective in helping the deinstitutionalized mentally ill maintain themselves in the community.

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