Ethical and legal issues in e-mail therapy

Daniel Edward Shapiro, Charles Eric Schulman

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Abstract

Psychologists and psychiatrists recently started using electronic mail (e-mail) to conduct therapy. This article explores relevant ethical and legal issues including, among others, the nature of the professional relationship, boundaries of competence, informed consent, treating minors, confidentiality, and the duty to warn and protect. To illustrate these complex issues, two services currently operating are discussed. To address potential hazards to clients and the profession, a new ethical standard for e-mail therapists is offered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)107-124
Number of pages18
JournalEthics and Behavior
Volume6
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology(all)

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