Ethical concerns expressed by forensic psychiatrists

J Forensic Sci. 1986 Apr;31(2):596-602.


A survey was made of American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) forensic psychiatrists to evaluate whether there is concern among them about potential ethical problems in criminal justice work. Of the respondents, 93.8% had encountered such problems. The main concerns indicated were about those psychiatrists who become a "hired gun," become an advocate, do not give an honest opinion, or have problems with confidentiality. The need for ethical guidelines and further debate about ethical issues is presented.

MeSH terms

  • Capital Punishment / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Confidentiality / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Conflict, Psychological
  • Ethics, Medical*
  • Expert Testimony / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Forensic Psychiatry*
  • Humans
  • Patient Advocacy / legislation & jurisprudence
  • United States