Informed Consent to Psychoanalysis:
The Law, the Theory, and the Data
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Fordham University Press
Series: Psychoanalytic Interventions
Title Page, Copyright
The authors wish to acknowledge the assistance of several people who read and commented on earlier drafts of this book: Scott Altman, Helen Desmond, Esther Fine, Linda Goodman, ...
Psychoanalysts have been up in arms about certain legal intrusions into the analytic space. For instance, inroads on confidentiality have been a great concern (see, for example, Bollas and Sundelson, 1995); indeed, the American Psychoanalytic Association ...
1. Law and Literature on Informed Consent
Is there a legal requirement to obtain informed consent? Reviewing relevant cases and statutes bearing on informed consent to psychotherapy should help us gauge that. Naturally, there is less urgency for mental health professionals sorting through what to disclose ...
2. Analysis of the Concept of Informed Consent: The Theory
This chapter, in essence, is an exploration of the concept of informed consent. What are the values behind it? Is it possible? Is it desirable? The first section presents background material on an informed consent requirement: the values behind an...
3. Empirical Study: Methods and Results
The empirical part of this project surveys a significant number of analysts throughout the country. We discuss first the development of our survey instrument. We then discuss our most general hypotheses and explain how our subjects were randomly selected. ...
4. Empirical Study: Discussion
In this chapter, we discuss some of the more interesting and important aspects of our findings in both the descriptive and inferential data sections. Our most basic hypothesis was that the results would show considerable variability. We so hypothesized because ...
5. Limitations of Our Study and Directions for Future Research
In this chapter, we address some important limitations of our study, suggest
future studies that might address those limitations, and offer other
suggestions for future research.
First, and perhaps most important, analysts may have different conceptions of informed consent when they answer questions such as whether ...
Afterword: Our Own View
While our aim in this book is to explore informed consent in the psychoanalytic context and not to advocate for a particular view, it would perhaps make sense for us to lay out, in a preliminary way, our current thinking on the ....
In this book, we reviewed the law and literature on informed consent to psychotherapy. In terms of case law, there is actually only one reported case that speaks of an adult’s informed consent to therapy in general. There ...