Civil commitment: a range of patient attitudes.

G. A. Edelsohn and V. A. Hiday,
Bull. Amer. Acad. Psychiatry & the Law 18(1): 65-77, 1990.
The authors interviewed adult civil commitment excandidates about their perceptions of commitment six months after discharge. Scales were developed for the following constructs: perceived need of commitment, perceived personal consequences of commitment, view of medication, view of primary hospital physician, and view of hospital experience. Excandidates had a mixed view of commitment. The majority reported positive views, but a substantial minority endorsed negative descriptors.