institutionalization syndromeSocial medicine The constellation of psychologic changes that occurs in persons who have been maintained for long periods of time in segregated communities–eg, mental institutions, state-run nursing homes Clinical Apathy, dependence, depersonalization, retreat from reality. See Homeless(ness. ), Shelterization. Cf Survivor syndrome.
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