Ethical Issues Applying CBT in Pediatric Medical Settings

  • Gerald P. Koocher
  • Jeanne S. Hoffman
Part of the Autism and Child Psychopathology Series book series (ACPS)


Events related to chronic or acute illness, pain, and chronic distressing symptoms in children and adolescents can trigger a range of psychological problems that have the potential to disrupt the lives of families and impede optimal medical care. Cognitive behavioral therapies include a range of approaches that can effectively address the anxiety, depression, and other emotional and behavioral problems while promoting adherence to treatment frequently encountered in pediatric medical care contexts. Developmental differences create particular ethical challenges related to adapting consent processes, treatment goals, and the application of particular techniques. This chapter provides examples of ethical challenges that can arise in applying CBT with pediatric patients along with strategies for providing optimal ethical care.


CBT Children Ethics Health-care ethics Medical ethics Pediatrics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerald P. Koocher
    • 1
  • Jeanne S. Hoffman
    • 2
  1. 1.Quincy CollegeQuincyUSA
  2. 2.Tripler Army Medical CenterHonoluluUSA

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