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NCJ Number: 135570 Find in a Library
Title: Psychiatrists and the Media (From Criminal Court Consultation, P 289-305, 1989, Richard Rosner, Ronnie B Harmon, eds. -- See NCJ-135552)
Author(s): I N Perr
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: Plenum Press
New York, NY 10013
Sale Source: Plenum Press
233 Spring Street
New York, NY 10013
United States of America
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The role that a psychiatrist should play in relation to the media is uncertain, because psychiatrists face several dilemmas in this sensitive area.
Abstract: The dominating professional ethic of the right to privacy and confidentiality must be balanced with the desirability of informing the public about certain issues. Psychiatrists must protect the privacy not only of individual patients, but also of patients as a group and therefore must clearly acknowledge and explain violations of privacy. The role and responsibility of the psychiatrist may also vary according to the circumstances and according to whether the person involved is an alleged offender, a public figure, or a dead person. Psychiatrists should examine their attitudes toward the media, recognize that their fear or hostility will result in poor communication, and face the fact that they act as a spokesperson for the profession. They must also consider their obligation to education, both professional and lay, and their possible obligation to the recording of accurate history. 14 references
Main Term(s): Forensic psychiatry; Press relations
Index Term(s): Media coverage; Professional conduct and ethics; Psychiatric services; Right of privacy
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