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Psychiatric Restraint of Children and Adolescents: Clinical and Legal Aspects

  • Donald S. Gair
Part of the Critical Issues in American Psychiatry and the Law book series (CIAP, volume 4)

Abstract

Serious discussion of any form of restraint of psychiatric patients leads to civilization’s perennial dilemma of how to regard and manage the mentally ill: when and how and whether at all it may be justified to interfere with their freedom because of mental illness. The inescapable disputes about restraint apply to all ages and the special factors pertaining to children* will therefore have to be addressed in the context of the overriding issues.† Because in the absense of universal agreement any discourse on the subject is largely a personal statement of the individual author’s views and experiences, some of the ground gone over elsewhere in this book will be repeated in this chapter.

Keywords

Mental Illness Psychiatric Hospital Child Psychiatry Mental Hospital Judicial Review 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald S. Gair
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Massachusetts Department of Mental HealthGaebler Children’s CenterWalthamUSA
  2. 2.Department of Child Psychiatry and Child DevelopmentBoston University School of MedicineBostonUSA

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