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NCJ Number: 134591 Find in a Library
Title: Putting Mental Health Into Mental Health Law: Therapeutic Jurisprudence
Journal: Law and Human Behavior  Volume:16  Issue:1  Dated:(February 1992)  Pages:27-38
Author(s): D B Wexler
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 12
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Criticizing the traditional doctrinal approach to mental health law, this article compares the traditional approach with a new and interdisciplinary approach known as therapeutic jurisprudence.
Abstract: Therapeutic jurisprudence, which offers the potential of allowing the law to develop as psychology develops, regards the law itself as a potential therapeutic agent. Examples illustrate ways in which legal rules, procedures, and the roles of legal actors may produce therapeutic or antitherapeutic results as well as ways in which the law may improve therapeutic outcomes without overlooking the interests of justice. A major consequence of disentangling mental health law from its dependence on American constitutional law is that the field may become more international and comparative in its perspective. 64 footnotes
Main Term(s): Law reform; Mental health services
Index Term(s): Interdisciplinary analysis; Jurisprudence; US Supreme Court decisions
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