Theses / Unpublished

Theses / Unpublished

Patient Lives

Alexander, Kathryn. Writing up/writing down a textual ethnography: Documentation practices in a mental health boarding home. Unpublished MA thesis, Simon Fraser University, 1993. Thesis examines the daily log from a community mental health boarding home written by mental health workers and discusses daily work shifts and social relations and some “forms of reading and writing [that] may also open up possibilities of resistance, creativity and connection within institutions.”

Block, L. A. Alternative representation of women and mental illness: Inpatients in the waiting room. Unpublished MA thesis, University of Toronto, 1999.

Brown, Thomas E. “Living with God’s Afflicted”: A History of the Provincial Lunatic Asylum at Toronto, 1830-1911. Ph.D. thesis: Queen’s University, 1980.

Carten, Ron, Representatives, Informed Consent and Psychiatric Rights: Participatory Action Research by Psychiatric Patients in Vancouver, BC, Unpublished research paper, 2016.  Paper reports on the findings of a working group of persons who had been treated in the psychiatric system and conducted focus groups around the question of representation agreements for patients who do not have the right of informed consent to treatment.

Chupik, Jessa. Community and Asylum: Caring for ‘Idiot’ Children in Early Twentieth Century Ontario, 1900-1935. Unpublished Ph.D. Thesis. McMaster University, 2005.

Clarke, Ian H. Public Provision for the Mentally Ill in Alberta, 1907-1936. Unpublished M.A. Thesis: University of Calgary, 1973.

Crisanti, Annette S. A Descriptional Longitudinal Cohort Study of Involuntary Psychiatric Inpatients. Unpublished PhD thesis, University of Calgary, 1998. Thesis considers the differences in outcomes of involuntary versus voluntary hospitalization and discusses the socio-demographic profiles of patients who are involuntarily hospitalized.

Davies, Megan J. The Patients’ World: British Columbia’s Mental Health Facilities, 1910-1935. Unpublished MA thesis, University of Waterloo, 1989.  Thesis examines the world of asylum inmates, considering gender, work, therapy and entering and leaving the institution.

DeLottinville, Carl B. The Asylum for the Insane: A Study of the History of Institutional Care and Treatment of the Mentally Ill in Ontario, 1820 to 1900. M.S.W. Research Report: McGill University, 1975.

Everett, Barbara Leader. A Fragile Revolution: Consumers and psychiatric survivors confront the power of the mental health system. PhD thesis, York University, 1997. Thesis discusses mental health reform, the involvement of ex-patients and practitioners, centering on the experiences of four individuals.

Farrahi-Avval, Neyaz. Oral Health Status and Treatment Needs of the Institutionalized Chronic Psychiatric Patients in Two Ontario Psychiatric Care Centres.  Unpublished MSc thesis, University of Toronto, 2008.  Thesis looks at the oral health of psychiatric patients in two long-term centres and considers the way in which oral wellbeing impacts quality of life.

Harabalja, Devon. The Experience of Going Through the Forensic Psychiatric System for Mentally Disordered Offenders: A Patient’s View on What Helps and What Hinders.  Unpublished MA thesis, University of British Columbia, 2008. Thesis discusses the positive and negative experiences of patients in the Forensic Psychiatric Inpatient Hospital and presents recommendations at both the clinician and system levels for better patient services.

Harold, Alison May. Psychiatrists and nurses: A sociological study of psychiatric ideologies and practices in an institutional setting. Unpublished MA, Simon Fraser University, 1978. Thesis discusses therapeutic ideologies and practices at the Crease Clinic at BC’s Riverview Hospital and argues that differences in psychiatric ideology are based on gender.

Heath, O.J. Mental status in the hospitalized elderly. Unpublished PhD thesis, Memorial University, 1992.

Jackson, Kevin. Victorian Madness in Ontario: A Mad People’s History of the Mimico Branch Asylum, 1882-1908, Major Research Paper for M.A., York University, 2016, 70 p. Taking a mad-centered perspective on institutional structures, policy and practice, and the experiences of patients, this paper reveals both institutional power and patient agency.

Kelm, Mary-Ellen. Women and Families in the Asylum Practice of Charles Edward Doherty at the Provincial Hospital for the Insane 1905-1915. Unpublished M.A. Thesis: Simon Fraser University, 1990.

Kendall, Kathleen A. Gender Differences in Psychiatric Service Utilization in Saskatchewan. Unpublished M.A. Thesis, University of Saskatchewan, 1987.

Krasnick, Cheryl Lynn. Insanity as a Reflection of Morality and Social Values in Nineteenth Century Canada: The London, Ontario Asylum for the Insane, 1870-1902. Unpublished MA thesis, University of Western Ontario, 1981. Thesis examines patients at the Ontario Asylum for the Insane/ London Psychiatric Hospital, discussing the types of people who were committed, the administrators, and contemporary ideas about insanity and treatment, gender roles, sexuality and family life.

Landeen, J. Recovery in schizophrenia: Hope, self-efficacy, and illness intrusiveness. Unpublished PhD thesis, University of Toronto, 2000.

Lockett, Donna-Marie. Evaluation of the Royal Ottawa Hospital Geriatric Psychiatry In-Patient Unit. Unpublished PhD thesis, Carleton University, 1998. Thesis discusses the increasing need for geriatric psychiartic in-patient programs, with a research focus on the Royal Ottawa Hospital.

MacNicoll, Eleanor G. A History of the Care and Treatment of Mental Illness in New Brunswick. Unpublished B.A. Thesis: Mount Allison University, 1956.

Macurdy, E. Ann. An ecological study of hospitalized mental disorders in British Columbia. Unpublished MA thesis, Simon Fraser University, 1971.

Marangos-Frost, Sandy. Psychiatric Nurses’ Thoughts and Feelings about Restraint Use: A Decision Dilemma. Unpublished MSc thesis, University of Toronto, 1998. Thesis looks at the perspective of psychiatric nurses with regards to physical restraint and considers a constant care policy.

Mate, John Joseph. The Maples: The evolution of a therapeutic community: A case study. Unpublished MA thesis, Simon Fraser University, 1972. Thesis examines the therapeutic community and treatment process at Maples Adolescent Treatment Centre, Coquitlam, BC. Research is conducted from the perspective of the youths, the staff and the researcher.

Matheson, Elizabeth. The Perfect Home for the Imbalanced: Visual Culture and the Built Space of the Asylum in Early Twentieth Century and Post War Saskatchewan. Unpublished Masters Art History thesis, 2010. Thesis discusses how the built structure of the North Battleford and Weyburn Mental Hospitals became imbued with meaning and in turn shaped social relations. Considers how the hospital was perceived, experienced and theorized and the importance of ethnicity, gender and class in Weyburn.

McIntosh, Bryne D. The relationship between perceived family criticism and quality of life and relapse rates in patients with schizophrenia. Unpublished MSc thesis, McGill University, 1994. Thesis discusses the effects of positive and negative family criticism on psychiatric patients and considers the relationship between perceived family criticism and quality of life.

Montgomery, Phyllis. To Keep Close: Mothering Amidst Serious Mental Illness and Suffering.  Unpublished PhD thesis, McMaster University, 2003. Thesis discusses women with serious mental illness and their shared desire to mother as a strategy of being ‘normal’.

Moran, James E. Insanity, the Asylum and Society in Nineteenth Century Quebec and Ontario. Unpublished Ph.D. Thesis: York University, 1998.

Nanchof-Glatt, Michele Mari. Referral Practices Between Canadian Family Physicians and Mental Health Practitioners. Unpublished PhD thesis, University of Calgary, 1999. Thesis discusses how the referral process between family physicians and mental health practitioners functions within the health care system.

Neill, Roger B. An instance of Gestalt therapy with emotionally disturbed adolescents in a therapeutic community. Unpublished MA thesis, Simon Fraser University, 1976. Thesis discusses the use of Gestalt Therapy for adolescents in an institutional therapeutic community and explores the use of gestalt therapy among middle and upper class patients.

Reaume, Geoffrey. 999 Queen Street West: Patient Life at the Toronto Hospital for the Insane, 1870-1940. Unpublished Ph.D. Thesis: University of Toronto, 1997.

Roy, P. Listen to me: Experiences of recovery for mental health service users. Unpublished MSW thesis, University of British Columbia, 2008.

Sakadakis, V. Bibliotherapy: A mental health approach with institutionalized elderly people. Unpublished MSW, McGill University, 1990.

Seager, John William. Mental institutions: Their structure, function and effectiveness. Unpublished MA, Simon Fraser University, 1973. Thesis discusses the shift from ‘total institution’ to community mental health programs with a focus on British Columbia.

Secker, Barbara L. Mental competency and the autonomy of patients. Unpublished PhD thesis, Simon Fraser University, 1993.

Schmidt, G. C. R. Remapping the border: Experiences of being diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. Unpublished MSW thesis, University of Victoria, 2007.

Smith, Kira. The Red Chair. Unpublished M.A. Research Project, Carleton University, 2018. Undergraduate reflection paper and novella employs creative writing alongside archival documents to reimagine to life of a female psychiatric patient at Brockville Asylum, Ontario over multiple decades throughout the first half of the twentieth century.

Wosilius, Monica. Eugenical Sterilization of Essondale Patients, 1930-1940. Unpublished M.A. Thesis: University of Victoria, 1996.

Yip, So-Han Seraphina. Social Workers’ and Physicans’ Experiences with Review Panels in British Columbia. Unpublished MSW thesis, University of British Columbia, 2002.  Thesis discusses BC’s mental health review panels from the perspective of social workers and physicians.