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.