Principles and Narrative in Forensic Psychiatry: Toward a Robust View of Professional
P. J. Candilis, R. Martinez and C. Dording,
Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
29(2): 167-173, 2001.
Recent debates in the ethics of forensic psychiatry have centered on the
applicability of traditional medical ethics to forensic practice. Two prominent theories, one taking
a principled approach and another taking a narrative approach, have attempted to resolve the
tension between medical and legal settings. In this article we contend that the two theories are
related closely and work at two different levels: principles at the level of theory and narrative at
the level of application. We offer an approach to forensic ethics that reconciles competing
theoretical views by relating professional role and personal integrity.