“Coercion” and Leverage in Clinical Outreach

  • Ezra Susser
  • Brenda Roche
Part of the The Springer Series in Social Clinical Psychology book series (SSSC)


This chapter addresses the issues of coercion and leverage in clinical outreach to persons who are homeless and have a severe mental illness. The terms coercion and leverage refer to a broad array of strategies that are used to pressure patients to adhere to treatments or social acts prescribed by outreach clinicians. Coercion in the more narrow sense of “forced action” is not the primary focus. Therefore, we shall henceforth use the term leverage to refer to this broad array of strategies.


Outpatient Treatment Assertive Community Treatment Patient Autonomy Outreach Program Community Psychiatry 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ezra Susser
    • 1
  • Brenda Roche
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Epidemiology and Community PsychiatryNew York State Psychiatric Institute, Columbia Presbyterian Medical CenterNew YorkUSA

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