Journal of Human Services
The decision to protect or breach confidentiality is a common ethical dilemma for human service professionals. This decision is further complicated when the client is a child or adolescent. This manuscript examines the issue of confidentiality and minors with two common harmful behaviors in adolescents: self-injury and eating disorders. A continuum of physical and psychological factors are included to help the human service profession in ethical decision making. Two case studies followed by a list of questions to use in the decision making process are also provided.
Original Publication Citation
Craigen, L., & Cole, R. (2012). Self-injury and eating disorders in minors: When should the human service professional break confidentiality? Journal of Human Services, 32(1), 56-71.
Craigen, Laurie and Cole, Rebekah, "Self-Injury and Eating Disorders in Minors: When Should the Human Service Professional Break Confidentiality?" (2012). Counseling & Human Services Faculty Publications. 26.