A Comparative Analysis of United States and Russian Guidelines for Involuntary Civil Commitment of Mentally Ill Persons

Vera Skrydlyak


Involuntary civil commitment of mentally ill persons always has been the subject of serious criticism. The article presents an overview of the criteria, standards and procedures for the involuntary civil commitment using the example of the United States and Russia; and the ethical issues related with psychiatric diagnosis in general. The comparison of the experience of both countries allows to analyze the weaknesses of each system and to provide the arguments for future reforms.

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