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

Psychiatr Clin North Am. 2002 Sep;25(3):585-92. doi: 10.1016/s0193-953x(01)00012-0.


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.

MeSH terms

  • Guidelines as Topic*
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / therapy*
  • Mental Health Services / ethics*
  • Mental Health Services / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Professional-Patient Relations / ethics*
  • Psychotherapy / ethics*
  • Psychotherapy / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Sexual Behavior / ethics*
  • United States