Housing change of chronic schizophrenic patients: a consequence of the revolving door

Soc Sci Med. 1984;19(7):759-64. doi: 10.1016/0277-9536(84)90249-1.


A study of 119 chronic schizophrenics discharged to the community revealed that by 1 year post release, 50% have changed their living arrangement at least once. Housing changes, which typically involved movement from one non-institutional living situation to another, followed rehospitalization episodes and appear to be a consequence of the revolving door phenomenon. By virtue of its impact on rehospitalization, interpersonal stress in the patient's living environment has an indirect effect on housing change. The remarkable frequency with which housing changes occur among the mentally ill in both sheltered care and non-institutional living settings deserves consideration in the planning of mental health and social welfare service for this constituency.

MeSH terms

  • Chronic Disease
  • Deinstitutionalization
  • Housing
  • Humans
  • Patient Readmission
  • Residence Characteristics*
  • Schizophrenia / rehabilitation*
  • Social Environment
  • Social Support
  • Stress, Psychological / psychology