Ch 25: Legal and Ethical Issues in Abnormal Psychology

About This Chapter

Watch abnormal psychology video lessons covering legal and ethical issues. Learn about informed consent, right to treatment, and more. These lessons are just a portion of our online study guide and video collection.

Legal and Ethical Issues in Abnormal Psychology - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Learn about legal and ethical issues related to mental health as well as efforts to improve mental health treatment in the United States. In this chapter, our instructors will go over the so-called 'insanity defense,' involuntary civil commitment, the right to treatment, confidentiality, and more. You will be introduced to the major theories and the relevant vocabulary associated with this topic. By the end of this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Define the terms confidentiality, informed consent, and right to treatment
  • Understand the process of civil commitment
  • Compare U.S. and international efforts to treat the mentally ill
  • Understand the basic legal rights of people with mental illnesses
  • Understand informed consent and other ethical issues involved in the treatment of mental health conditions

Video Objective
The Law and Abnormal Behavior: Civil Commitment and the Insanity Defense Review legal issues including civil commitment, assessment of 'dangerousness,' and the insanity defense.
Ethical Issues and Mental Health: Right to Treatment, Informed Consent and ConfidentialityUnderstand the concepts behind the right to treatment, informed consent, and confidentiality in regard to people with mental health issues.
Organized Efforts to Improve Mental Health: Domestic and International Discuss both U.S. and international efforts aimed at improving mental health.

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