Cultural cognition and public policy: the case of outpatient commitment laws.

@article{Kahan2010CulturalCA,
  title={Cultural cognition and public policy: the case of outpatient commitment laws.},
  author={Dan Kahan and Donald Braman and John Monahan and Lisa Callahan and Ellen Peters},
  journal={Law and human behavior},
  year={2010},
  volume={34 2},
  pages={118-40}
}
What explains controversy over outpatient commitment laws (OCLs), which authorize courts to order persons with mental illness to accept outpatient treatment? We hypothesized that attitudes toward OCLs reflect "cultural cognition" (DiMaggio, P. Annl Rev Sociol 23:263-287, 1997), which motivates individuals to conform their beliefs about policy-relevant facts to their cultural values. In a study involving a diverse sample of Americans (N = 1,496), we found that individuals who are hierarchical… CONTINUE READING

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