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Applied Ethics in Mental Health CareAn Interdisciplinary Reader$
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Dominic A. Sisti, Arthur L. Caplan, and Hila Rimon-Greenspan

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780262019682

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262019682.001.0001

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Boundary Violation Ethics: Some Conceptual Clarifications

Boundary Violation Ethics: Some Conceptual Clarifications

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(p.287) 20 Boundary Violation Ethics: Some Conceptual Clarifications
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Applied Ethics in Mental Health Care
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Jennifer Radden

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262019682.003.0020

The practices of both forensic psychiatry and clinical psychiatry appear to require and to use, in boundary-violation discourse, a special way of referring to the heightened attention to the ethics of interpersonal exchange. But this discourse and the judgments it expresses are each in need of closer scrutiny. A variety of factors make the determination of certain actions to be boundary violations unclear, including the range of alleged boundary-violating behavior, ambiguities in the fundamental metaphor of boundaries violated or transgressed, and confusion about the explanatory status of the value judgments boundary-violation language is used to express. In addition, disputes and disagreements regarding boundary-violation judgments require analysis--an analysis undertaken in this article through appeal to theories of professional role morality. Noted also is the significance of gender in boundary-violation ethics.

Keywords:   Professional boundaries, Ethics, Psychiatry, Professionalism, Gender

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