Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 26, Issue 6, pp 533–545 | Cite as

Client confidentiality and the family's need to know: strategies for resolving the conflict

  • Anthony M. Zipple
  • Susan Langle
  • LeRoy Spaniol
  • Harriet Fisher


Vital supports for individuals disabled by mental illness are often provided by their families. The ability of these families to help is dependent on their knowledge of their relative's illness and treatment regime. However, practitioners wishing to provide such information feel a conflict between the family's interest in the information and their client's right to confidentiality. This article presents strategies to enhance information sharing with families while still protecting the client's confidentiality.


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© Human Sciences Press 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Anthony M. Zipple
    • 1
  • Susan Langle
    • 2
  • LeRoy Spaniol
    • 3
  • Harriet Fisher
    • 4
  1. 1.Vinfen Corporation in BostonBoston
  2. 2.New Hampshire Division of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities in Concord
  3. 3.Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston UniversityBostonUSA
  4. 4.Board of the Alliance for the Mentally Ill of MassachusettsMassachusettsUSA

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