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Student Research Guide: Deinstitutionalization, Criminalization and homelessness of the mentally ill: Advice to My Fellow-Students

by Jose Silverio

Research Advice


In my research It was very hard to provide scholarly primary sources. Other than groups that dealt with mentally ill who could give facts on how many homeless people are mentally ill and or in prison.  which includes the TACReports - Treatment Advocacy Center who could provide important numbers that relate to the topic. I would advise that one would not just put deinstitutionalization into the search terms and look outside of the term, which could include involuntary commitment, how the mentally ill are treated in prisons and as homeless people.

I would suggest to use google scholar if you want to go through information fas.t deinstitutionalization has be researched time and time again since the 1990s. I would find it more expedient if someone had told be how difficult it would be to find sources for this. Another interesting things is that covid in tandem with deinstitutionalization or mental illness provides a wealth of knowledge although i didn't add it to my sources as it did not relate to my topic.

Some Bias that I had preconceived notion that involuntary commitment, due to the fact I had a family member who is mentally ill, was a good thing and deinstitutionalization was a bad thing at first, but in my research deinstitutionalization did better things for the mentally ill as they were abused in asylums unfortunately now the mentally ill are abused elsewhere prisons and the streets.

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