Preventing staff-patient sexual relationships.


Just as the awareness of incest and childhood sexual abuse has grown in recent years, so too has knowledge of sexual exploitation of patients by psychotherapists and other mental health professionals. Almost no one, however, has discussed the prevalence of this problem in the hospital setting. The authors were members of a study group that thoroughly reviewed reported incidents in their own institution, leading to the recommendation that education is the best preventive measure currently available. The authors discuss fundamental issues involved in such a study, summarize profiles of patients and staff members who may be vulnerable to sexual involvement, and describe the main components of a preventive educational approach.

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@article{Averill1989PreventingSS, title={Preventing staff-patient sexual relationships.}, author={S C Averill and David Beale and B A Benfer and Douglas Collins and Logan Kennedy and Joy Sher'ron Myers and Dwight Pope and Iris Rosen and E Zoble}, journal={Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic}, year={1989}, volume={53 5}, pages={384-93} }