Psychiatric residents' sexual contact with educators and patients: results of a national survey

Am J Psychiatry. 1988 Jun;145(6):690-4. doi: 10.1176/ajp.145.6.690.


In a national survey of PGY-4 psychiatric residents, 4.9% of the 548 respondents indicated that they had been sexually involved with psychiatric educators and 0.9% reported that they had been sexually involved with patients. Most residents reported no or minimal instruction in their residency programs about educator-resident and resident-patient sexual contact. The authors compare these results with those from previous surveys of psychologists. They discuss the need for expanding training curricula to include specific education on sexual exploitation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Curriculum
  • Ethics, Medical* / education
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency*
  • Male
  • Mentally Ill Persons
  • Middle Aged
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Professional Misconduct*
  • Psychiatry / education*
  • Risk Assessment
  • Sexual Behavior*
  • Teaching
  • United States