Year: 1994 Source: British Journal of Psychiatry, v.164, (January 1994), p.11-15 SIEC No: 19940155

“Malignant alienation,” a term coined by Morgan in 1979, is characterized by a progressive deterioration in a patient’s relationship with others, including the loss of sympathy & support from members of the staff. The editorial discusses the important components in malignant alienation in four parts: patient factors, staff factors, staff-patient interaction, & hospital environment. It represents clinical strategies for preventing & managing the alienation process. (16 refs.)