Definition of deinstitutionalize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdiːɪnstɪˈtjuːʃ(ə)n(ə)lʌɪz/
(also deinstitutionalise)


[with object]
Discharge (a long-term inmate) from an institution such as a psychiatric hospital or prison: the changes aim to deinstitutionalize mentally ill people (as adjective deinstitutionalized) the deinstitutionalized mentally ill
More example sentences
  • He explained the incident to the press by focusing on the problems created by deinstitutionalizing the mentally ill.
  • Other women psychologists studied infant-mother attachment, memory and the brain, deinstitutionalized psychiatric patients, and developmental psychology.
  • The city's mental health services were ‘deinstitutionalized’ in the 1960s and again in the 1980s without adequate community health facilities.



Example sentences
  • The bases for institutionalisation and deinstitutionalisation in mental health care remain poorly researched and understood
  • Since the 1950s mental health care in most industrialised countries has been characterised by deinstitutionalisation, with national reforms varying in their pace, fashion, and exact results.
  • Many obstacles to deinstitutionalisation still exist: psychiatrists have a very low threshold for hospital admission as they are held legally responsible for any misdoing by their patients.

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