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Dignity in Psychotherapy


Andorno, Roberto (2020). Dignity in Psychotherapy. In: Trachsel, Manuel; Gaab, Jens; Biller-Andorno, Nikola; Tekin, Şerife; Sadler, John Z. The Oxford Handbook of Psychotherapy Ethics / Online 2020. Oxford: Oxford University Press, online.

Abstract

The notion of human dignity conveys the idea that every human being has inherent worth and, therefore, ought to be accorded the highest respect and consideration. In healthcare, dignity provides an overarching moral framework to guide the physician–patient relationship in a great variety of issues, and especially in the promotion of the patient’s well-being and self-determination. Dignity plays also an important role in psychotherapy as the patient–therapist relationship involves confidences of an intimate nature and about very personal decisions and attitudes, and may lead to a patient’s overdependence on the therapist. Taken seriously, the patient’s dignity imposes on the therapist some specific moral duties, such as respecting and promoting patients’ self-determination, as well as patients’ values, beliefs, and life plans. Another direct consequence of the principle of respect for dignity is the requirement to avoid exploitative interactions with patients, in particular, any form of sexual harassment and abuse.

Abstract

The notion of human dignity conveys the idea that every human being has inherent worth and, therefore, ought to be accorded the highest respect and consideration. In healthcare, dignity provides an overarching moral framework to guide the physician–patient relationship in a great variety of issues, and especially in the promotion of the patient’s well-being and self-determination. Dignity plays also an important role in psychotherapy as the patient–therapist relationship involves confidences of an intimate nature and about very personal decisions and attitudes, and may lead to a patient’s overdependence on the therapist. Taken seriously, the patient’s dignity imposes on the therapist some specific moral duties, such as respecting and promoting patients’ self-determination, as well as patients’ values, beliefs, and life plans. Another direct consequence of the principle of respect for dignity is the requirement to avoid exploitative interactions with patients, in particular, any form of sexual harassment and abuse.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2020
Deposited On:07 Oct 2020 08:02
Last Modified:07 Oct 2020 08:10
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISBN:9780198817338
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OA Status:Closed
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Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198817338.013.13

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