On the justification for civil commitment.

  title={On the justification for civil commitment.},
  author={Georg H\oyer},
  journal={Acta psychiatrica Scandinavica. Supplementum},
  • Georg Høyer
  • Published 2000 in Acta psychiatrica Scandinavica. Supplementum
This paper explores some of the controversies in the debate regarding the justification of civil commitment. The sometimes conflicting values reflected in the mental health legislation, human rights principles, moral philosophy and psychiatric professional standards are discussed. In spite of the often substantial use of civil commitment in many countries, there are almost no scientifically sound studies addressing the outcome of coercive treatment. The paper establishes that the traditional… CONTINUE READING

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