Two scales for measuring patients' perceptions for coercion during mental hospital admission
Department of Psychiatry
Medical Subject Headings
Adolescent; Adult; Aged; Aged, 80 and over; *Coercion; Female; *Hospitalization; Humans; Linear Models; Male; Mental Disorders; Middle Aged; Multivariate Analysis; Observer Variation; *Psychometrics; Questionnaires
Health Services Research | Mental and Social Health | Psychiatry | Psychiatry and Psychology
Legal and extra-legal coercion are pervasive in mental hospital admission and there are sharp disputes about its appropriate role. This article presents two scales for measuring psychiatric patients' perceptions of coercion during hospital admission and reports data on these scales' internal consistency. We measure patients' perceptions of coercion by asking questions, in either an interview or questionnaire format, about their experience of lack of control, choice, influence, and freedom in hospital admission. Patients' responses to questions about their perceptions of coercion were highly internally consistent. The internal consistency of the scale was robust with respect to variation in site, instrument format, patient population, and interview procedure. Correspondence analysis was used to construct two numerical scales of perceived coercion.
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Citation: Behav Sci Law. 1993 Summer;11(3):307-21.
Gardner, William; Hoge, Steven K.; Bennett, Nancy; Roth, Loren H.; Lidz, Charles W.; Monahan, John; and Mulvey, Edward P., "Two scales for measuring patients' perceptions for coercion during mental hospital admission" (1993). Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center Publications and Presentations. 81.