Children are legally entitled to be present throughout the commitment hearing for continued hospitalization. The effect of this process on the therapeutic alliance between the child and the psychiatrist warrants examination. A case study of a 14 year-old boy who participated in the court proceedings is presented. The outcome of the hearing resulted in a disruption of the therapeutic alliance. Alter natives to current commitment procedures for minors are discussed.
Wagner, M.D., Ph.D, Karen Dineen; Weinstein, M.D., Sharon R.; and Wagner, Jr., M.D., Richard F.
"Therapeutic Alliance and Involuntary Commitment of a Minor,"
Jefferson Journal of Psychiatry:
2, Article 4.
Available at: http://jdc.jefferson.edu/jeffjpsychiatry/vol8/iss2/4