Ethical Issues in Clinical Forensic Psychiatry

  • Artemis Igoumenou

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Clinical Forensic Psychiatry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Catherine Marshall, Katharina Seewald, Hasanen Al Taiar
      Pages 3-27
  3. Ethical Issues in the Treatment and Management of Sex Offenders

  4. Ethical Issues in the Assessment, Treatment and Management of Violent Offenders and Sex Offenders in Clinical Settings

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 151-155

About this book


This work explores and discusses the ethical dilemmas clinicians face in everyday forensic psychiatry practice. We discuss and reflect on ethical issues involving treatment decisions such as antipsychotic polypharmacy, high doses antipsychotics and prescribing anti-libidinal medications. Ethical issues surrounding the use of technology for the management of mentally disordered offenders are explored in depth. The use of the polygraph test, a controversial method of truth facilitation for sex offenders, is discussed. Similarly, we discuss the use of "tagging" for serious offenders that despite being used in the United States of America for a while it has been heavily criticized and opposed. Tagging is gradually being introduced in the UK and other European countries, making consideration of the ethical issues and dilemmas surrounding its use both timely and necessary. This work is a valuable guide for clinicians working in forensic psychiatry settings, particularly when faced with ethical dilemmas concerning decisions around interventions.


Polygraph test Neuroimaging in secure hospitals Electronic tagging Chemical castration Antipsychotics (high dose, polypharmacy) Secure settings

Editors and affiliations

  • Artemis Igoumenou
    • 1
  1. 1.Senior Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, Division of PsychiatryUniversity College LondonLondonUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-37300-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-37301-6
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