J Korean Neuropsychiatr Assoc.  2018 Nov;57(4):317-322. 10.4306/jknpa.2018.57.4.317.

Sexual Boundary Violation between Psychiatrist and Patient

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Ajou University School of Medicine, Suwon, Korea. kylim@ajou.ac.kr
  • 2Sunflower Center of Southern Gyeonggi for Women and Children Victims of Violence, Suwon, Korea.

Abstract

Recently, the Korean Neuropsychiatric Association expelled one of its members on grounds of multiple ethical violations, which included a sexual boundary violation between doctor-patient relationships. However, the lack of understanding of why this is an ethical issue was found among the general population as well as psychiatric professionals. In this review article, we introduce the basic concepts of psychotherapy and psychiatrist-patient relationships, including therapeutic structure and transference/countertransference, and elaborate the reasons why boundary violations, and especially sexual boundary violations, are unethical and potentially harmful to the patient and to the psychiatric community.

Keyword

Psychiatric ethics; Boundary violation; Sexual boundary violation

MeSH Terms

Ethics
Humans
Psychiatry*
Psychotherapy
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