A method for quantifying and comparing civil commitment processes

L. R. Faulkner, B. H. McFarland, J. D. Bloom, T. O. Stern

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The authors present a three-step civil commitment model and formulas for calculating 1) the probability of release from the commitment process and 2) the relative importance of the three steps in determining outcome. Using data from Oregon's civil commitment process, they present five examples that demonstrate how their method might be used to study and monitor civil commitment processes within and between jurisdictions. The major public policy and research implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)744-749
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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