Mental Institutions in the 1950s - Quiz & Worksheet


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Clarissa has severe behavioral problems: she's violent and acts out a lot. During the early 1950s, she might have received _____, which could have calmed her down, but left her with very little emotion or personality.

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1. Jerry has heard that sending little electrical shocks to a person's brain can change the way their brain functions. This is called:

2. Which of the following patients is receiving psychopharmacological treatment?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Mental institutions in the 1950s underwent a lot of changes, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of them.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the following items:

  • A medical procedure that severed connections to a section of the brain
  • Reason(s) people could be institutionalized before the 1950s
  • A prejudice against people with mental illnesses
  • Drug marketed in the 1950s which greatly reduced the symptoms of mental illness
  • More modern and acceptable name for a mental institution

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related 1950s mental institutions lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms, such as stigma and lobotomy
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as mental institutions before and during the 1950s
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the drug used to treat mental illness in the 1950s

Additional Learning

To learn more about how mental institutions have changed, review the corresponding lesson on Mental Institutions in the 1950s. The lesson will help you:

  • Know the definition of mental institutions
  • Learn the catalysts for change in the 1950s
  • Understand the problem of mental patients being stigmatized in society
  • Explore how advocacy groups in the United States have attempted to try and change the stigmas attached to mentally ill people