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Attitudes of psychiatric patients and their relatives to involuntary treatment.
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PMID:  1877959     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In 1979 a Guardianship Board assumed responsibility in South Australia for the welfare of those mentally ill or handicapped people unable to look after their own health or safety, or to manage their own affairs. This study examines the attitudes to guardianship and involuntary treatment of 79 patients referred to the Board from a psychiatric hospital, all of whom were under guardianship at the time of the study. Forty-seven of their relatives took part in the project, which included measures of patients' psychiatric symptoms and relatives' punitiveness. Although almost 70% of patients objected to Guardianship in principle, they made more positive than negative statements about it. Nearly 60% rated involuntary treatment, including medication, as helpful. Patients reported a level of psychiatric symptoms less than half of that of a psychiatric outpatient sample. Relatives were strongly in favour of Guardianship, stating frequently that it allowed an improved relationship between themselves and the patient. Patients who believed that they were suffering from a mental illness were comparatively happy about being under Guardianship, and a belief that the patient was mentally ill was significantly associated with reduced extrapunitiveness in relatives.
N H Adams; R J Hafner
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Australian and New Zealand journal of psychiatry     Volume:  25     ISSN:  0004-8674     ISO Abbreviation:  Aust N Z J Psychiatry     Publication Date:  1991 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-09-26     Completed Date:  1991-09-26     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0111052     Medline TA:  Aust N Z J Psychiatry     Country:  AUSTRALIA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  231-7     Citation Subset:  E; IM    
Glenside Hospital, Eastwood, SA.
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MeSH Terms
Activities of Daily Living / psychology
Commitment of Mentally Ill / legislation & jurisprudence*
Consumer Satisfaction
Family / psychology*
Legal Guardians / psychology*
Mental Disorders / psychology*,  therapy
Mentally Ill Persons*
Middle Aged
Risk Assessment
South Australia

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