Psychotherapists who transgress sexual boundaries with patients
Language: 
English
Abstract: 

The causes of therapist-patient sex are complex and multidetermined. Efforts to understand why psychotherapists transgress sexual boundaries are hampered by the lure of reductionism and oversimplification. Most of those who examine this issue would prefer to categorize all such therapists as "bad" and "corrupt" as a way of distancing themselves and disavowing any similarities between these therapists and themselves. The pathology of therapists who commit sexual boundary violations generally falls into four broad categories: (1) psychotic disorders, (2) predatory psychopathy and paraphilias, (3) lovesickness, and (4) masochistic surrender. Although a variety of individual psychodynamic factors are involved within each group, this classification is highly useful for informed treatment planning.

Author(s): 
Gabbard, G. O.
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic
Journal Abbreviation: 
Bull Menninger Clin
Publication Date: 
1994
Publication Year: 
1994
Pages: 
124-135
Volume: 
58
Issue: 
1
ISSN: 
0025-9284
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 8167610

Turabian/Chicago Citation

G. O. Gabbard. 1994. "Psychotherapists who transgress sexual boundaries with patients." Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic 58: 1: 124-135.

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