Therapeutic Effects of Guardianship for the Mentally Ill
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This paper examines the effects of guardianship on the mentally ill in the United States, specifically Kalamazoo County and in other countries throughout the world. The research is literature-based, using journal articles and other published materials and includes interviews and public documents. Unfortunately, little has been published about how guardianship can be used in the treatment of the mentally ill. Therefore, the literature is a small collection of published journal. articles dating from 1984 to 1997. They incorporate the general effects of guardianship on the mentally ill and how these effects can be therapeutic. Lamb and Weinberger's ( 1993) article titled "Therapeutic use of conservatorship in the treatment of gravely ill psychiatric patients", is the basis of this research thesis. It illustrates how conservatorship and guardianship have assisted in alleviating mentally ill symptoms of four case study patients. The article offers both the negative and positive perspectives of establishing guardianship. An article by Qiu and Lu (1994) describes a positive correlation between guardianship and reduction in symptoms of the mentally ill. The remaining articles offer support for guardianship networks and mentally ill patient therapy. However, other sources gathered present information supporting the counter argument that guardianship do not help patients with a mental illness and guardianship can be harmful to the wards.