The Erudite Transient
International Journal of Social Psychiatry
Followed a male alcoholic transient for 2 yrs, during which he was incarcerated in 61 hospital and jail facilities at a cost of $11,543. The most costly incarcerations occurred at hospitals in large cities. An interview with the S revealed how he functionally utilized his transient life style. Considering the high cost of processing the alcoholic through the "revolving door," a new rehabilitation method is proposed-socialization, rather than resocialization. A final suggestion concerns the creation of "mini-societies" specifically designed to meet the needs of the population they serve.
Sobell, L. C.,
Sobell, M. B.
(1974). The Erudite Transient. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 20(3-4), 242-250.
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