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Dialogues Clin Neurosci. 2000 Mar;2(1):31-6.

Ethical aspects of research on psychological trauma.

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  • 1MRC Research Unit on Anxiety Disorders, University of Stellenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa.

Abstract

Research in the area of psychological trauma raises a number of complex ethical issues. These include questions about unjustified medicalization of suffering, retraumatization of survivors, the morality of also investigating perpetrators of trauma, and neglecting to provide appropriate intervention. We discuss some of these issues against the backdrop of a study of trauma in South Africa, and the recent work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in that country.

KEYWORDS:

apartheid; countertransference; ethics; human rights violation; posttraumatic stress disorder; psychological trauma; retraumatization; testimony psychotherapy; transference

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PMC3181588
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