The Diverse Goals Involved in Treatment of the Mentally Ill

Posted: 1 Dec 2011

Date Written: 1987


This article will examine the major issues involved in the treatment of the mentally ill and the status of the law on those issues, in an effort to determine whether the differing goals of the various actors can be harmonized. It will attempt to explore whether a collision of these goals is inevitable. In the final analysis, it will show that it is the law which must seek a balance of the varying goals of physicians, family members, society, the mentally disabled person, and all the other actors in the real life drama.

Keywords: Mentally ill, 14th amendment, treatment, Youngberg v. Romeo, psycho-surgery, electro-convulsive therapy, drug therapy, aversion therapy, compulsory sterilization, sexual exploitation

Suggested Citation

Daly, Joseph L., The Diverse Goals Involved in Treatment of the Mentally Ill (1987). Journal of Legal Medicine, Vol. 8, No. 1, p. 49, 1987, Available at SSRN:

Joseph L. Daly (Contact Author)

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