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Dual Relationships - Psychology

1. What are dual relationships?

2. What are the different types of dual relationships?

2. Is it possible for professionals in the field of psychology to prevent dual relationships from forming? If so, how? If not, why not?


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Let's take a closer look. I also attached a good resource of numerous professional ethical codes, some of which this response is drawn, that describes dual relationships for further consideration.


1. What are dual relationships? What are the different types of dual relationships?

Dual relationships would mean, for example, that the therapist has a professional relationship with client, as well as has another relationship with the client such as i.e., wife, student, teachers, priest, etc. In other words, "a dual relationship is where two or more roles are mixed in a manner that can harm the counseling relationship." (http://kspope.com/dual/index.php#standards).

For example, according to the American Psychological Association: Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct:

"A multiple relationship occurs when a psychologist is in a professional role with a person and (1) at the same time is in another role with the same person, (2) at the same time is in a relationship with a person closely associated with or related to the person with whom the psychologist has the ...

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Discuses aspects of the concept of 'dual relationships' in the field of Psychology, i.e., what it meas, different types, and if it is preventable. Supplemented with an informative article on dual relationships. References are provided.