Coercion and Tenacious Treatment in the Community

Applications to the Real World
  • Ronald J. Diamond
Part of the The Springer Series in Social Clinical Psychology book series (SSSC)


Coercion in community-based programs has become an increasing concern (Parrish, 1992). Much of this concern has coincided with the development of assertive (or aggressive) community treatment programs. Prior to active community outreach teams, attempts to coerce the behavior of clients living in the community were limited by practical realities. Clients in traditional mental health systems always had the option of just not showing up. It is true that clients could be threatened with rehospitalization under court order, but enforcing such orders required cooperation from police, who typically had little interest in searching for a mentally ill client who had not committed any crime (Cesnik & Puls, 1977).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronald J. Diamond
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  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Wisconsin HospitalMadisonUSA

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