You have the right not to have a hearing: An evaluation of the impact of fully advising civilly committed patients on their rights

Matthew T. Huss, Robert A. Zeiss

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There have long been calls for the reduction of coercion in treating civilly committed psychiatric patients. The present study assessed whether a minor procedural change intended to reduce the adversarial nature of the treatment process would have a positive impact. Results suggested that the change in procedure had a positive effect for the most direct outcome variables but results were more mixed for the indirect outcome variables. Nonetheless, overall indications were that the change of procedure affected patient outcome.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)334-341
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Law and Psychiatry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2005


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Applied Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Law
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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