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Race Differences in Involuntary Hospitalization: Psychiatric vs. Labeling Perspectives
Journal of Health and Social Behavior
Vol. 25, No. 1 (Mar., 1984), pp. 14-23
Published by: American Sociological Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2136701
Page Count: 10
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In this paper, race differences in mental hospitalization are examined, controlling for clinical condition and social class. Nonwhite males are found to be involuntarily hospitalized more often than are white males. Psychiatric and labeling perspectives offer conflicting explanations for these differences in societal reactions. Psychiatric explanations of behavior and attitudes toward treatment and labeling explanations of social distance and pathways to treatment are investigated. Pathways to treatment, specifically greater police involvement in nonwhites' entry into treatment, explains nonwhite males' greater involuntary hospitalization.
Journal of Health and Social Behavior © 1984 American Sociological Association