The justification of paternalistic actions in psychotherapy

Ethics and Behavior 1 (2):87 – 103 (1991)
This article defines the nature of paternalistic interventions in psychotherapy and discusses reasons why the client's right to consent to treatment is important. We describe a reasoning process developed by Culver and Gert (1982) that can be used to determine when paternalistic actions are and are not ethically justifiable in mental health practice. We demonstrate how this procedure may be applied to psychotherapy by using a number of case illustrations.
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DOI 10.1207/s15327019eb0102_2
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