Mental Health and the Courts

Thursday, 19 July 2018: 17:30-19:20
RC15 Sociology of Health (host committee)

Language: English

Mental health diagnoses carry different power in different sites; none may be more problematic than within the legal system. Diagnoses of schiziphrenia or substance use disorder can impact ones access to employment, self determination, and parental rights. Other conditions, such as personality disorders may be less well-understood by courts and less impactful, regardless of empirical evidence of their relevance. Nonetheless, diagnoses can be used as labels or accusations for the purposes of name-calling, or disregarded entirely by a system untrained in their sometimes relevance. This session will focus on the intersection of mental health diagnoses and legal systems, with an emphasis on the power dynamics and consequences for various actors. Research which addreses children's rights, intersectional inequalities or offer empirical or theoretical insights will be especially welcomed, though the call is open to all related topics.
Session Organizer:
Sandra SULZER, Utah State University, USA
Jaqueline NEID-AVILA, Utah State University Extension, USA
Oral Presentations
Distributed Papers
Violence, Injustice and Discrimination in the Management of People Living with Mental Illness in Nigeria
Tomike OLAWANDE, Covenant University, Nigeria; Ayodele Samuel JEGEDE, University of Ibadan, Nigeria; Patrick EDEWOR, Covenant University, Nigeria; Lukman Tunde FASASI, University of Ibadan, Nigeria; Charles IRUONAGBE, Covenant University, Nigeria; Olasunkanmi Samuel OLAWANDE, Covenant University, Nigeria
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