Asked by Kelsey Berry on Feb 18, 2024



Discuss the prevalence of involuntary commitment.


Proportion of the population who have a specific disorder at a given point or period in time.

  • Recognizing the reasons for involuntary commitment: Explore the various factors that may lead to involuntary commitment, such as mental illness, substance abuse, or risk of harm to oneself or others.
  • Examining the impact on individuals: Consider the potential consequences of involuntary commitment on the mental health and well-being of the individuals involved, including the potential for stigmatization and loss of autonomy.
  • Understanding the legal framework: Learn about the laws and regulations surrounding involuntary commitment, including the criteria for determining when it is necessary and the rights of individuals involved.

Verified Answer

Tiffany Williams

Feb 18, 2024

Final Answer :
Key terms and concepts that may be included in student responses:
▪ Available studies suggest that about one in four admissions to inpatient psychiatric facilities in the United States is involuntary.
▪ 15 to 20 percent of inpatient admissions in European countries are involuntary.
▪ Admissions to state and county mental hospitals are much more likely to be involuntary than admissions to other types of hospitals.
▪ One study indicated that nearly half of the adults admitted voluntarily to inpatient psychiatric facilities said that someone other than themselves had initiated their going to the hospital.
▪ 40 percent of voluntary patients believe they would have been involuntarily committed if they had not volunteered to be hospitalized.