Date of Award

Spring 1982

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)



Committee Director

Kathryn A. Caufield

Committee Member

Ronald Singer

Committee Member

Evelyn Singer


The successful inpatient treatment of emotionally troubled adolescents must facilitate their achievement of developmentally appropriate independence while minimizing the maladaptive dependency that can be fostered by the hospitalization experience. Levels of interpersonal dependency were measured in seven adolescent psychiatric inpatients over a ninety day period. The Interpersonal Dependency Inventory by Hirschfeld, Klerman, Gough, Barrett, Korchin, & Chodoff was utilized. The individual therapist of each participant independently assessed the participant's response to hospitalization at forty-five and ninety days using a five point Leikert type scale. The study demonstrated no significant changes in dependency levels at forty-five and ninety days. The therapist's assessment proved to have no relationship to levels of dependency as measured by The Interpersonal Dependency Inventory.


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