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Psychiatr Clin North Am. 2002 Sep;25(3):585-92.

Non-sexual boundary crossings and boundary violations: the ethical dimension.

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Program in Psychiatry and the Law, Massachusetts Mental Health Center, Harvard Medical School, 74 Fenwood Road, Boston, MA 02115, USA.


The ethical principles relative to nonsexual boundary issues derive from the first principle of respect for the dignity of the patient. Using a case vignette, the authors have explored the mutual derivation and inter-relations of these principles, with clinical approaches to patient care. Clinicians should be aware of the ethical underpinnings of sound therapeutic techniques that manifest respect for the patient.

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