Legal and Legislative Considerations

  • Leighton C. Whitaker
Part of the Perspectives on Individual Differences book series (PIDF)


The law that binds schizophrenic persons has seldom been prescribed or controlled by their authority. In this respect, schizophrenic persons have had, at least until the 1970s, less authority than many criminals, especially criminals of the white-collar variety, who may have powerful influences on both statutory and case law. Schizophrenic persons also have less authority to make and to carry out law than their families, or nearly anyone else in society. This chapter addresses legal and legislative considerations regarding severely mentally disturbed persons, with particular attention to those labeled schizophrenic and with emphasis on the sense and nonsense of the most relevant and important laws.


Antipsychotic Drug Mental Patient Mental Health Practitioner Civil Commitment Legal Consideration 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Leighton C. Whitaker
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  1. 1.Swarthmore CollegeSwarthmoreUSA

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