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Emma Sofie Morsø Wettendorff, Lea Bach Riis Jensen, Johanne Kartman, Maria Kjær & Anita Selmer Bennetzen

Studenteropgave: Fagmodulprojekt


This project seeks to answer how mentally ill patients, suffering from anorexia, experience the use of coercion in psychiatry and what impact it might have on the individual and his or her recovery. The use of coercion in psychiatry goes way back in time and for many people, the use of coercion in psychiatry carries a lot of negative associations. Nevertheless, coercion is still a necessary element of psychiatric treatment and without functional alternatives, it will continue to be a part of treating the mentally ill who are in a critical condition.
However, this kind of treatment often ends up being a matter of abrasive physical struggle, as seen in the documentary series: “Børnene på psyk”, which is used as the primary source of information in this project. These physical struggles, involving crying and screaming, have a negative impact on the patient, especially, on minors.
In the documentary series, main focus lies on a teenager who suffers from anorexia and, because of life-threatening behaviour, experiences coercion. Throughout the documentary series, we see first-hand how she is being force-feed. It raises questions like: “How severe consequences can this kind of coercion have on an individual?” and “What alternatives are there?”
Using theories by Abraham H. Maslow and George Herbert Mead, the personal consequences of coercion used in psychiatry will be analysed and discussed. Furthermore, it will be analysed in which ways this kind of treatment helps and in which ways it does not.

UddannelserPsykologi, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor
Udgivelsesdato22 maj 2017
Antal sider50
VejledereChristina Naike Runciman


  • spiseforstyrrelse
  • Mead
  • Maslow
  • Offentlig instiution
  • Dokumentar
  • individ
  • Tvangsbehandling