Reporting practices of psychiatrists who knew of sexual misconduct by colleagues

Am J Orthopsychiatry. 1987 Apr;57(2):287-295. doi: 10.1111/j.1939-0025.1987.tb03539.x.


Of 1423 psychiatrists responding to a national survey, 65% reported treating patients who had been sexually involved with previous therapists. Respondents saw these prior involvements as harmful in 87% of cases but reported the sexual abuse in only 8% of cases. The majority, however, favored mandatory reporting of such incidents. The problem of underreporting and the need for effective management of sexual abuse cases are discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Ethics, Professional*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Professional-Patient Relations
  • Psychiatry*
  • Psychotherapy
  • Sexual Behavior*
  • United States