"Therapist-patient sex syndrome": the perils of nomenclature for the forensic
T. G. Gutheil,
Bull. Amer. Acad. Psychiatry & the Law
20(2): 185-90, 1992.
The escalating problem of sexual misconduct has heightened clinicians' awareness of the
consequences of therapist-patient sexual relations. One consciousness-raising device, the definition
of "therapist-patient sex syndrome," may pose more problems than remedies in the forensic, rather
than clinical context. The author reviews the conceptual, diagnostic, and teleological dimensions of
this addition to diagnostic nomenclature.