Sexual and Nonsexual Boundary Violations Involving Psychologists, Clients, Supervisees, and Students: Implications for Professional Practice

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Abstract

What is available to psychologists to assist them in identifying or minimizing the damage that can result from inappropriate professional boundary crossings? Frequency data of both sexual and nonsexual boundary violations by psychologists are provided as they occurred with clients, supervisees, and students. The impact of engaging in such relationships on subsequent professional practice is also reported. Data on 18 nonsexual boundary crossings are described, and guidelines for making decisions about crossing accepted professional boundaries are provided.

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