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ERIC Number: ED013465
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Pages: 40
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Reference Count: 0
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THE ETHICS AND POLITICS OF COLLEGE PSYCHIATRY.
SZASZ, THOMAS S.
THE PRINCIPLES OF CONDUCT GOVERNING COLLEGE PSYCHIATRISTS AND THE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN THESE AUTHORITIES AND THEIR SUBJECTS ARE EXAMINED. MUCH OF THE WORK OF THE COLLEGE PSYCHIATRIST CONSISTS OF CRISIS INTERVENTION. THE COLLEGE PSYCHIATRIST OFTEN OPERATES AS BOTH A POLICE INTERROGATOR AND JUDGE. THE CHARACTERISTIC FEATURE OF HIS ROLE IS ITS DIFFUSIVENESS, WHICH LEADS TO CONTRADICTORY LOYALTIES AND GOALS. WHEN THERE IS A CONFLICT BETWEEN STUDENT AND ADMINISTRATION, THE PSYCHIATRIST MUST DECIDE WHICH SIDE TO TAKE. IMPLICIT IN THIS DECISION IS HIS PERCEPTION OF THE PROBLEM OF CONFIDENTIALITY. EXCEPTION IS TAKEN TO FARNSWORTH'S ADVOCACY OF SUSPENDING THE USUAL RULES OF CONFIDENTIALITY IN A VARIETY OF SITUATIONS. THE RULE OF LAW IS RENDERED INOPERATIVE WHEN AUTHORITIES EXHIBIT BENEVOLENT DISCRETION IN ENFORCEMENT. IN PSYCHIATRIC BUREAUCRACIES SUCH AS COLLEGE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES, SUCH RULES ARE SACRIFICED BECAUSE OF UNLIMITED DISCRETIONARY POWER. THE COLLEGE PSYCHIATRIST MISREPRESENTS HIMSELF BECAUSE HE ACTUALLY TREATS THE SOCIAL PROBLEMS OF THE CAMPUS RATHER THAN THE SICK PERSON. BECAUSE OF HIS POWER IN THERAPEUTIC INTERVENTIONS, HE IS A POWERFUL STATUS FIGURE WITH VAST POWERS OVER THE STUDENT. THIS DOCUMENT WAS PRESENTED IN PART AT THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE AMERICAN ORTHOPSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION, WASHINGTON, D.C., 1967. (PR)
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Identifiers: Farnsworth (D L)