By Deborah L. Dennis, John Monahan

Forced hospitalization of individuals with psychological issues has lengthy been a serious factor within the psychological overall healthiness companies. Coercion and AggressiveCommunity Treatment is the 1st sustained description and research of what occurs whilst `aggressive' remedy turns into `coerced' therapy. psychological healthiness pros poignantly talk about the strain they think among desirous to do every thing to regard desperately ailing humans and the necessity to recognize the rights of those related those that need to make their very own judgements, no matter if this suggests forgoing treatment.

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He didn't listen to what I had to say.... He didn't listen to the situation.... He had decided before he ever got to the house ... that I was coming up here. Either I come freely or the officers would have to subdue me and bring me in. Becoming involved in the process of deciding whether the patient should come into the hospital was one of the most frequently mentioned ways in which others were expected to show their concern for the patient. Patients might have had different reasons for wanting their families' or friends' involvement, such as needing assistance in figuring out how to get help, needing emotional support, or needing approval before being able to ask for help, but whatever form the involvement of these trusted individuals took, it was taken as a sign of caring and was therefore appreciated, as the second excerpt illustrates: COERCION TO INPATIENT TREATMENT 25 INTERVIEWER: How did you feel about that [a friend becoming involved in the hospitalization decision when the patient threatened to hurt herself]?

L Representative cases include (Covington v. C. Cir. 1969); Wyatt v. Stickney, 325 F. Suppl. D. Ala. 1971); Lessard v. Schmidt, 379 F. Supp. D. Wis. 1974); Dixon v. Wineberger, 405 F. 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.

Mental Health Statistical Note Number 178. Washington, DC: National Institute of Mental Health. , & Wagner, H. (1995). New directions in research on involuntary outpatient commitment. Hospital and Community Psychiatry, 46,381-385. Wertheimer, A. (1993). A philosophical examination of coercion for mental health issues. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 11, 239-258. , & Karaser, T. (1978). "No commitment week": A feasibility study. American Journal of Psychiatry, 135, 1198-1201. CHAPTER2 OUTPATIENT COMMITMENT OFFICIAL COERCION IN THE COMMUNITY VIRGINIA ALDIGE HIDAY Coerced mental health treatment in the community that is mandated by court order is known as outpatient commitment.

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