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Family Members' Opinions About Civil Commitment
Bentson H. McFarland; Larry R. Faulkner; Joseph D. Bloom; Roxie Hallaux; J. Donald Bray
Psychiatric Services 1990; doi:
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This research was funded in part by National Institute of Mental Health grants 5-T01-MH-18458 and 1-P50-MH-43458. The authors thank the Oregon Alliance of Advocates for the Mentally Ill for their assistance.

Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, The Western Mental Health Research Center, Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in Portland

Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, The Department of Psychiatry

Oregon Mental Health Division in Salem

1990 by the American Psychiatric Association

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As part ofa survey of 260 Oregon family members with mentally ill relatives, respondents were asked about their experiences with civil commitment and their opinions about proposed modifications in the commitment statutes. Family members typically described their mentally ill relative as a schizophrenic man in his thirties who bad bad six psychiatric hospitalizations and was currently being treated with medications at a community mental health center. Three-fourths of the relatives bad been committed. A majority (57 percent) of the respondents were in favor of mandatory outpatient treatment and medication after involuntary hospitalization but were not enthusiastic about outpatient commitment without hospitalization. Family members also wanted more education about mental illness, more information about the commitment process, and assignment of a professional to help in the commitment process.

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