Ethical Issues in Mental Health

  • Philip J. Barker
  • Steve Baldwin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Part One

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. David Brandon
      Pages 3-12
    3. Tony Ellis
      Pages 13-26
  3. Part Two

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-45
    2. Ian Stewart
      Pages 47-67
    3. Christine Barrowclough, Ian Fleming
      Pages 68-83
    4. Philip Darbyshire
      Pages 84-99
  4. Part Three

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Jaqueline Atkinson
      Pages 103-126
    3. Phil Barker, Steve Baldwin
      Pages 161-178
  5. Part Four

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. Steve Baldwin, Phil Barker
      Pages 181-197
    3. Phil Barker, Steve Baldwin
      Pages 198-201
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 202-205

About this book


Why write another book on ethics? As practitioners we are involved both in the design and delivery of services to people with mental health problems. In common with all other professionals, our work has led to the experience of ethical dilemmas: typically, these have involved major confrontations, either with our col­ leagues or our consciences. This book, however, is not limited to a discussion of such major themes. Rather, we have tried to use a broader canvas: ethics, in our view, is really about the judgement of right and wrong in ordinary, everyday life. Ethics are highly personal: we fashion our own personal code from our experi­ ence of others, and from the 'tests' which bring meaning to our lives. Such experiences shape our individual values. We bring these codes and values to our work. We are not always aware of their influence in our dealings with people. Although we may not always be aware of it, all our actions pose an ethical question. Given that our work involves us in helping others to live ordinary, satisfying lives, this challenge heightens the intensity of our ethical dilemmas. This is most evident where our personal code conflicts with the implicit code of the health setting.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Philip J. Barker
    • 1
  • Steve Baldwin
    • 2
  1. 1.Mental Health Unit, Tayside Health BoardUniversity of DundeeUK
  2. 2.Visiting Research FellowPolytechnic South WestPlymouthUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 1991
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-412-32950-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-3270-9
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