Date of Submission


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)



Department Chair

Robert A DiTomasso, PhD, ABPP, Chair, Department of Psychology

First Advisor

Barbara A Golden, PsyD, ABPP, Chairperson

Second Advisor

Robert A DiTomasso, PhD, ABPP

Third Advisor

George Collins, PsyD


Perceived coercion is a prevalent, presenting problem for patients in psychiatrically-based facilities, yet how a client’s perception of coercion and its impact on his or her treatment in an inpatient psychiatric facility has not been fully understood. The aim of this study was to examine the effect of perceived coercion on those entering an inpatient psychiatric facility and how this impacted their rate of group therapy attendance, participation levels while in group therapy, and whether they left chose to leave the inpatient psychiatric facility against medical advice. A review of current literature, including an overview of the MacArthur studies, is included. This study used original data, collected from adults, aged 18-years and older, who have been discharged from an inpatient psychiatric facility within the last 3-months. Participants completed an online survey, via Survey Monkey, which included the Admission Experience Survey: Short form (AES-15), demographic information, and questions regarding their inpatient psychiatric admissions. The findings can be used to assist those employed in an inpatient psychiatric facility as well as in crisis residential centers in becoming more aware of the impact one’s coercion level can have on their treatment. Potential explanations, limitations, and implications are explored as well.

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