Title

Strategies of social and sexual control of Malaysian women in psychiatric institutional care

Source of Publication

Health Care for Women International

Abstract

An ethnographic study of female psychiatric patients was undertaken in East Malaysia. Findings indicate that these service users were subject to a number of sexist and oppressive practices that militate against their freedom of movement on the wards as well as their social interaction in the wider context of the hospital. Stereotypic notions of female sexuality and morality act as forms of moral containment and are interpreted in the hospital context as requiring heavy custodial care by the hospital authorities.

Document Type

Article

First Page

581

Last Page

595

Publication Date

6-1-2004

DOI

10.1080/07399330490444849

Author First name, Last name, Institution

Sara Ashencaen Crabtree, Zayed University

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