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Family carers and coercion in the community 

Family carers and coercion in the community
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Family carers and coercion in the community
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Jorun Rugkåsa

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10.1093/med/9780198788065.003.0010
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date: 28 October 2021

Family members have always been involved in the care of those with mental illness in most parts of the world. This chapter examines the role of family caregivers in coercive practices in the community and shows that family members may exert influence directly or when engaged in the formal or informal coercive practices of professionals, but may also experience themselves as being coerced. Emphasis is placed on carers’ own experiences. Three dimensions of relevance to coercive practices are outlined. First, carers’ interactions with the family member who is unwell; second, their involvement in community treatment; and third, the role attributed to carers in welfare states.

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