Ethical and professional issues in sex therapy: Comments on Bailey's “Psychotherapy or massage parlor technology?”

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Responds to K. G. Bailey's (see record 1979-26555-001) discussion of ethical issues in sex therapy. Sex therapy should be conducted by a skilled therapist who is sensitive to the professional and ethical issues that are inherent in treatment. Potentially adverse side effects of therapy should be continually assessed. To date, however, the findings from sex therapy, including the A. M. Zeiss et al (see record 1978-01520-001) procedure show predominantly positive consequences. It is imperative that the fully informed client have decision-making primacy in setting treatment goals. Value-free therapy does not exist, and therapists must be careful not to impose their own personal biases. The principle of the least intrusive treatment alternative and the nature of intrusiveness are discussed. (37 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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