Boredom in acute psychiatric care.

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Mona M. Shattell, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Patients hospitalized in acute care psychiatric settings often complain of boredom. Neither historical context nor geographical settings seem to make a difference. Boredom can be found in contemporary studies and older studies, in studies in the United States and the United Kingdom (Raphael, 1974; Raphael & Peers, 1972; Shields, Morrison, & Hart, 1988; Thomas, Shattell, & Martin, 2002). Boredom does not seem to correlate to how long a person has been in the hospital or model of health care delivery. Perhaps you can understand how patients would get bored after a 2-3 month stay as was customary in the past, but not today, with short 3-5 day hospitalizations. How do patients have time to be bored?

Additional Information

Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 28(6), 661-662
Language: English
Date: 2007
Hospitalization, Acute psychiatric care, Boredom

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