Ethical Considerations at the Intersection of Psychiatry and Religion

Ethical Considerations at the Intersection of Psychiatry and Religion

John Peteet, Mary Lynn Dell, and Wai Lun Alan Fung

Print publication date: Dec 2017

ISBN: 9780190681968

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Abstract

Psychiatry and religious/spiritual share an interest in human flourishing, a concern with beliefs and values, and an appreciation for community. Yet historical tensions between science and religion have often reinforced disciplinary boundaries and obstructed dialogue, leaving clinicians uncertain about how to approach ethical dilemmas arising between them. Common questions concern conflicting values, the ways that religion/spirituality informs the value commitments of patients and their clinicians, and what principles should guide the interaction between clinicians’ own professional and personal commitments.