The Tarasoff Case and the Controversy over Its Therapeutic Implications

  • David B. Wexler
Part of the Perspectives in Law & Psychology book series (PILP, volume 4)


By now, the case name Tarasoff v. Regents of the University of California 1 has become a household word in American mental health law circles. Tarasoff’s familiarity is no doubt attributable in part to the fact that the case was twice heard by the Supreme Court of California.2 More important, however, is the rule of law established in the opinion.


Supra Note Family Therapy Severe Mental Illness Interpersonal Violence Potential Victim 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • David B. Wexler
    • 1
  1. 1.University of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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