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Civil commitment practices in 1977: troubled semantics and/or troubled psychiatry.

Authors
  • Page, S
  • Firth, J
Type
Published Article
Journal
Canadian Psychiatric Association journal
Publication Date
Jun 01, 1979
Volume
24
Issue
4
Pages
329–335
Identifiers
PMID: 466628
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This paper examines the practice of involuntary mental hospitalization through examination of criteria used for committment in a sample of 200 civil commitment certificates. Special reference is made, following previous research, to criteria used to describe the person deemed dangerous to himself or to others. The relevance of the findings of present practices in mental health is discussed. New procedures which facilitate presentation of factual evidence, and which eliminate gratuitous information, are required without delay.

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