Effects of professional affiliation on group therapists' confidentiality attitudes and
H. Roback, S. E. Purdon, E. Ochoa and F. Bloch,
Bull. Amer. Acad. Psychiatry & the Law
21(2): 147-53, 1993.
This study examines the influence of group therapists' professional characteristics on their attitudes
and practices regarding confidentiality. Eighty-three highly experienced and well-trained group
therapy providers representing the fields of psychiatry, psychology, and social work completed a
survey questionnaire inquiring into their confidentiality practices. Although there is considerable
consensus between medical and nonmedical practitioners on the issues addressed, there are also
interesting differences and trends. Implications of the findings for clinical practice, ethics training,
and confidentiality legislation are addressed.