Ward atmosphere, client satisfaction, and client motivation in a psychiatric work rehabilitation unit

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This study investigated the ward atmosphere of a psychiatric work rehabilitation unit and its relationships to clients' satisfaction with the unit and client motivation, operationalised as proneness to set personal goals for their rehabilitation. The Community-oriented Programs Environment Scale was used and 52 clients participated. Their report of the ward atmosphere was in accordance with recommended levels on 5 sub-scales out of 10. A regression analysis revealed that optimal levels of order-and-organization and support were of importance for satisfaction with the unit. An optimal level of support was associated with a high rating of personal goals. This study added two therapeutically interesting factors-satisfaction and motivation-to the flora of factors that have been related to perceptions of the ward atmosphere.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Psychiatry


  • ward atmosphere, patient satisfaction, motivation
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-177
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Publication categoryResearch

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Division of Occupational Therapy (Closed 2012) (013025000)