Psychological Treatments That Cause Harm

  title={Psychological Treatments That Cause Harm},
  author={S. Lilienfeld},
  journal={Perspectives on Psychological Science},
  pages={53 - 70}
  • S. Lilienfeld
  • Published 2007
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Perspectives on Psychological Science
  • The phrase primum non nocere (“first, do no harm”) is a well-accepted credo of the medical and mental health professions. Although emerging data indicate that several psychological treatments may produce harm in significant numbers of individuals, psychologists have until recently paid little attention to the problem of hazardous treatments. I critically evaluate and update earlier conclusions regarding deterioration effects in psychotherapy, outline methodological obstacles standing in the way… CONTINUE READING
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