Policy Analysis on Nigerian Lunacy Act (1958): The Need for a New Legislation
Paula Ugochukwu Ude*
University of Texas at Arlington, Texas, USA
- *Corresponding Author:
- Paula Ugochukwu Ude
University of Texas at Arlington
School of Social Work, 2300 streambed ct
76006, Arlington, TX 76013, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: June 07, 2015; Accepted Date: December 16, 2015; Published Date: December 22, 2015
Citation: Ude PU (2015) Policy Analysis on Nigerian Lunacy Act (1958): The Need for a New Legislation. J Psychiatry 19:343 doi:10.4172/2378-5756.1000343
Copyright: © 2015 Ude PU. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
An important framework for understanding a social problem is to examine it through the lens of hybrid policy analysis model. Doing so will help an analyst, a policy developer, or reformer to not only appreciate the background but also understand the condition and direction of an existing policy for the purpose of reformation. This paper utilizes a hybrid policy model to analyse Nigerian mental health Lunacy Act (1958) that still governs the treatment of mental illness in Nigeria today. The paper also provides some recommendations that can be adopted to enhance the treatment of mental illness and mental health policy in Nigeria.