Therapeutic Pathways in Treatment of Severe Anorexia Nervosa?

Contemporary Issues in Law, Vol. 7, pp. 100-118, 2004

Posted: 24 Feb 2005  

Terry Carney

The University of Sydney Law School

Dominique Saunders

Russell Kennedy

David Tait

University of Canberra

Stephen Touyz

University of Sydney

Miriam Ingvarson

Mental Health Legal Centre

Abstract

This paper reports qualitative and quantitative data from a study of 'choice' between contemplating the use (but ultimately not invoking) law to coerce treatment of severe anorexia nervosa (AN) patients as against actually obtaining coercive orders, along with data regarding subsequent choices made between adult guardianship and mental health (and other) avenues of legal coercion. The strategic option of lodging an application for an order, which is then withdrawn before hearing, is also examined, along with the nature of the tribunal hearings when applications proceed. All of these settings are shown to yield rich material for a Therapeutic Jurisprudence analysis.

Keywords: Anorexia, regulation, treatment, therapeutic jurisprudence

JEL Classification: I10, K10, K32

Suggested Citation

Carney, Terry and Saunders, Dominique and Tait, David and Touyz, Stephen and Ingvarson, Miriam, Therapeutic Pathways in Treatment of Severe Anorexia Nervosa?. Contemporary Issues in Law, Vol. 7, pp. 100-118, 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=671282

Terry Carney (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

Dominique Saunders

Russell Kennedy ( email )

Levels 10 & 11
469 La Trobe Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3001
Australia

David Tait

University of Canberra ( email )

Law Faculty
Canberra, ACT 2601
Australia

Stephen Touyz

University of Sydney ( email )

University of Sydney
Sydney NSW 2006, NC
Australia

Miriam Ingvarson

Mental Health Legal Centre ( email )

Victoria
Australia

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