The investigations of clinical psychologists' ethic attitudes and behaviors toward non-sexual dual relationship

Mei Fang Lin, Fu Yuan Chang, Chih-hung Wang

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Abstract

Objectives: The topic of dual relationships in psychotherapy has received increasing attention over the last decade. Dual relationships are frequent and their potentially harmful effects are often cited as justification for psychological intervention. Ethical issues in clinical practice have been raised by the question of non-sexual dual relationships. This study examined the viewpoints, ethical attitudes, and behaviors of clinical psychologists engaged in the psychotherapy of non-sexual dual relationship issues. The results may impact the adoption of a code of ethics in the future. Methods: A cluster random sample of 182 licensed Taiwanese clinical psychologists responded to questionnaires eliciting demographic information and information about their ethical attitudes and behaviors toward treatment of non-sexual dual relationship issues. Descriptive statistical analysis, cross table analysis, and t test were performed using SPSS 12.0 statistical package software. The current data were compared with data in the literature. Results: Ethical attitudes and behaviors (except for gift-receiving and social behaviors) of therapists toward nonsexual relationship issues were generally consistent. These ethical attitudes and some of the behaviors were significantly influenced by gender, theoretical orientation, and service target. Conclusions: Ethical attitudes and behaviors of clinical psychologists in Taiwan are consistent, but gift-receiving and social behaviors deserve further attention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)530-540
Number of pages11
JournalTaiwan Journal of Public Health
Volume28
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Dec 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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