Especially among staff, there are divergent views of coercion. Professionals being physically and emotionally close to the patient are more likely to understand him or her as a unique person with individual needs. If patients are kept at a distance, professionals as a group change to understand patients as members of a group with common needs and common restrictions.
Coercion in a locked psychiatric ward: Perspectives of patients and staff
Inger B Larsen and Toril B Terkelsen
University of Agder, Norway