Behavior: Is Basket Weaving Harmful?

Awakened at the crack of dawn for an inhumanly early breakfast, the patient in a typical U.S. mental hospital faces a day of TV watching, pingpong, checkers, and perhaps a bit of dishwashing or floor mopping. Then there is lunch at 11:30, an hour of basket weaving or making leather belts, and dinner at 4:30 to end a day spent entirely in the company of his own sex. Is this routine rehabilitating? On the contrary, says Psychologist Wolf Wolfensberger of the Nebraska Psychiatric Institute, it is Rehabilitating. Writing in the American Journal of...