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The ethics of practice in adolescent psychiatry
Am J Psychiatry 1977;134:420-424.
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The author discusses ethical problems specific to practice with adolescents, a patient group which has special requirements in terms of their relations with authority figures and the kind and degree of external control they need. The psychiatrist who works with adolescents must be aware that his or her actions, attitudes, and personality can be crucial influences in the young person's development. Particular attention is needed in the areas of confidentiality, informed consent, and the impact of behavior control and other treatment techniques on adolescents.

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