Journal article

Pasung: Physical restraint and confinement of the mentally ill in the community.

Harry Minas, Hervita Diatri

Int J Ment Health Syst | Published : 2008

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Physical restraint and confinement (pasung) by families of people with mental illness is known to occur in many parts of the world but has attracted limited investigation. This preliminary observational study was carried out on Samosir Island in Sumatra, Indonesia, to investigate the nature of such restraint and confinement, the clinical characteristics of people restrained, and the reasons given by families and communities for applying such restraint. METHODS: The research method was cross-sectional observational research in a natural setting, carried out during a six-month period of working as the only psychiatrist in a remote district. RESULTS: Fifteen cases of pasung, approxi..

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