Civil commitment--the American experience.

  title={Civil commitment--the American experience.},
  author={Stuart A Anfang and Paul S Appelbaum},
  journal={The Israel journal of psychiatry and related sciences},
  volume={43 3},
The evolution of U.S. civil commitment law needs to be understood within the context of changes in psychiatry and medicine, as well as larger social policy and economic changes. American civil commitment law has reflected the swinging pendulum of social attitudes towards civil commitment, oscillating between more and less restriction for both procedural and substantive standards. These standards have evolved from a "need for treatment" approach to a "dangerousness" rationale, and now may be… CONTINUE READING