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Social class and psychiatric outcome
Am J Psychiatry 1986;143:222-225.
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Although social status has been shown to relate to rates of certain types of psychiatric disorder and to treatment received, little information is available regarding social class and clinical improvement over time. This report presents findings from a prospective follow-up study of a representative sample of first-admission psychiatric patients. A variety of clinical characteristics were analyzed at hospital admission and 2-year follow-up. The social status of the individual patient, the social status of the patient's parents, and the social status associated with the patient's residential area were found to be correlated with improvement over the 2-year follow-up period.

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