Reflections, Conclusions, and Questions For Further Research

Sue E. Estroff

in Making It Crazy

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 1985 | ISBN: 9780520054516
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520907751 | DOI:
Reflections, Conclusions, and Questions For Further Research

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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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Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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