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What are some of the reasons that boundary issues are so difficult for individuals in the field of psychology?

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(1) What are some of the reasons that boundary issues are so difficult for individuals in the field of psychology?

One of the reasons boundary issues for psychologists are so difficult is that governing boards such as the American Psychological Association (APA) committee fail to set forth specific standards of behavior. For example as an example of this confusion, the language concerning the boundary issues in multiple relationships (Standard, 3.05) is not always clear. According to Barnett, Lazarus, Vasquez, Moorehead-Slaughter & Johnson (2007), psychologists struggle with boundary issues and multiple relationships. They point to four concerns concerning this boundary including: (a) knowing when boundary crossing is acceptable, (b) when does behavior become a boundary violation, and (c) which multiple relationships are acceptable, and which are not (p. 401). Thus, in addition to the ...

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