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Southeast Asia 

Southeast Asia
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Southeast Asia
Author(s):

Hui Ching Wu

, Frank Huang-Chih Chou

, Mariam Ali

, and Andrew Molodynski

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198788065.003.0017
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date: 08 December 2021

This chapter introduces the politics, geography, economic status, and religious variation in Southeast Asian countries including Taiwan, China, Japan, and Indonesia. The themes explored in this chapter are: (1) the coercive treatment used in the hospital and community mental healthcare systems across these countries; (2) the evaluation of health-care legislation and Mental Health Act amendments; (3) the distribution of mental health and social services resources in the community; and (4) the struggle between paternalism and autonomy in Eastern social contexts. Finally, there is a discussion of the roles of health policy makers and government in mental health legislation and the balance between protecting public safety and respecting the best interests of individuals.

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