Coercion and Aggressive Community Treatment: A New Frontier by Deborah L. Dennis, John Monahan

By Deborah L. Dennis, John Monahan

Forced hospitalization of individuals with psychological issues has lengthy been a serious factor within the psychological future health providers. Coercion and AggressiveCommunity Treatment is the 1st sustained description and research of what occurs while `aggressive' therapy turns into `coerced' remedy. psychological health and wellbeing execs poignantly speak about the stress they believe among desirous to do every thing to regard desperately in poor health humans and the necessity to recognize the rights of those related those who have the desire to make their very own judgements, whether this implies forgoing treatment.

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We need to know how review for renewal operates: Do mental health centers and courts cooperate in scheduling continuation hearings, in issuing notification orders, in facilitating procedures: Are patients' rights protected? And what are patients' understandings of these legal proceedings? We have noticed that some patients react to certain due process protections such as notification by the sheriff and hearings at the courthouse as though these protections were punitive. This reaction seems to be related to lower class status or drug abuse that would have influenced previous encounters with police and courts.

Note that we make no presumption that the hospitalized person's account is not "factual" or should not be "validated" in the research. , clinical status measures) before reaching a final judgment on this issue. , people who do not have insight into the fact that they are mentally disordered and yet find themselves in a mental hospital may reason that they must have been forced or threatened and that the admission process must have been unfair). , 1994). Ongoing research incorporating data from family members and clinicians and following patients over time is attempting to narrow the range of plausible interpretations of the data we have obtained.

Supp. C. 1975)). 1 VIRGINIA ALDIGE HIDAY • Department of Sociology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina 27695. Coercion and Aggressive Community Treatment: A New Frontier in Mental Health Law, edited by Deborah L. Dennis and John Monahan. Plenum Press, New York, 1996. 29 30 VIRGINIA ALDIGE HIDAY "Least restrictive alternative" meant that persons who meet the legal criteria for involuntary hospitalization could be able to avoid that hospitalization if their dangerous behavior and mental illness could be controlled by other, less restrictive means.

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