The young adult chronic patient: overview of a population

Hosp Community Psychiatry. 1981 Jul;32(7):463-9. doi: 10.1176/ps.32.7.463.


A new generation of persistently dysfunctional young adults (aged 18 to 35) has emerged in the community, requiring new programs in community care. This population, which includes a wide range of diagnostic groups, is under study at a suburban New York community mental health center. The center and county are serving 294 such young patients through a variety of programs which include a crisis service, a sheltered workshop, a residential program called the Community Link-Up Experience, an acute day treatment program, an alcohol day treatment program, a case management program, and a Growth Advancement Program that gives patients an opportunity to socialize and share problems with others their age. Residential programs that provide a supportive living situation to young adult chronic patients on both a temporary and a long-term basis are sorely needed and will require an increased outlay of funds. A case study of one young patient who visited the center sporadically over a 12-year period illustrates the treatment problems such patients pose.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aftercare
  • Chronic Disease
  • Community Mental Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Deinstitutionalization
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / psychology
  • Mental Disorders / rehabilitation*
  • New York
  • Residential Treatment
  • Self Concept
  • Suburban Population