Perceived coercion in persons with mental disorder in India: A cross-sectional study

B. Raveesh*, S. Pathare, P. Lepping, E. Noorthoorn, G. Gowda, J. G F Bunders-Aelen

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Abstract

Background: Little is known about how patients in India perceive coercion in psychiatric care. Aims: To assess perceived coercion in persons with mental disorder admitted involuntarily and correlate with sociodemographic factors and illness variables. Materials and Methods: We administered the short MacArthur Admission Experience Interview Questionnaire to all consecutive involuntary psychiatric patients admitted in 2014 in Mysore, India. Multivariate linear regression was used. Results: Three hundred and one patients participated. "Perceived coercion" subscale scores increased with female gender, nuclear family status, Muslim and Christian religion, lower income, and depressive disorder. It decreased with former coercion, forensic history, and longer illness duration. Drug use increased total scores; the extended family item decreased them. "Negative pressure" increased with male gender, extended family, lower income, forensic history, and longer illness duration. Conclusions: The study shows perceived coercion is a reality in India. Levels of perceived coercion and the populations affected are similar to high-income countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)210-220
Number of pages11
JournalIndian Journal of Psychiatry
Volume58
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016

Keywords

  • Coercion
  • mental health
  • subjective perception

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Perceived coercion in persons with mental disorder in India: A cross-sectional study'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this