Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Mary B Eichmiller


The purpose of this study was to provide a description of adolescents' perceptions of their long-term hospitalization and post-hospitalization experience. The study sample included ten previously hospitalized adolescents (aged 13-18) who had been hospitalized long-term (6+ weeks) at Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, Twin Cities Unit, a pediatric orthopedic hospital. They were interviewed by telephone to get their perceptions of past hospital experiences. Study findings indicate that adolescent patients become very knowledgeable about life in the hospital and what is allowed and expected of them. Findings are consistent with the review of the literature which indicated that, giving up independence and accepting the care needed while hospitalized long-term is difficult for many. Overall, adolescents rated their long-term hospitalizations as somewhat positive to very positive. The intent of this study was to contribute to the understanding of adolescent hospitalization and adjustment during and after hospitalization.


SC 11.MSW.1994.Kacvinsk.M

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