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What would Mary Douglas do? A commentary on Kahan et al., "Cultural cognition and public policy: the case of outpatient commitment laws".

Publication ,  Journal Article
Swanson, J
Published in: Law Hum Behav
June 2010

Involuntary outpatient commitment is a highly controversial issue in mental health law. Strong supporters of outpatient commitment see it as a form of access to community-based mental health care and a less restrictive alternative to hospitalization for people with severe mental illness; vocal opponents see it as an instrument of social control and an unwarranted deprivation of individual liberty. Kahan and colleagues apply the theory of "cultural cognition" in an empirical study of how cultural worldviews influence support for outpatient commitment laws among the general public and shape perceptions of evidence for these laws' effectiveness. This article critiques Kahan et al. and offers an alternative perspective on the controversy, emphasizing particular social facts underlying stakeholders' positions on outpatient commitment laws.

Duke Scholars

Published In

Law Hum Behav

DOI

EISSN

1573-661X

Publication Date

June 2010

Volume

34

Issue

3

Start / End Page

176 / 185

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • United States
  • Public Policy
  • Public Opinion
  • Politics
  • Patient Compliance
  • Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care
  • Mental Disorders
  • Male
  • Insanity Defense
  • Humans
 

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Published In

Law Hum Behav

DOI

EISSN

1573-661X

Publication Date

June 2010

Volume

34

Issue

3

Start / End Page

176 / 185

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • United States
  • Public Policy
  • Public Opinion
  • Politics
  • Patient Compliance
  • Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care
  • Mental Disorders
  • Male
  • Insanity Defense
  • Humans