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The Virtuous PsychiatristCharacter Ethics in Psychiatric Practice$
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Jennifer Radden and John Sadler

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195389371

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195389371.001.0001

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Elements of a Gender-Sensitive Ethics for Psychiatry

Elements of a Gender-Sensitive Ethics for Psychiatry

(p.85) 4 Elements of a Gender-Sensitive Ethics for Psychiatry
The Virtuous Psychiatrist

Jennifer Radden (Contributor Webpage)

John Z. Sadler

Oxford University Press

The centrality of culture and particularly gender to psychiatry and to the psychiatric project are demonstrated in Chapter 4. (Factors given attention include the cultural associations linking male heterosexuality with mental health, the bias found in diagnostic categories, the differential treatment provided to women, and the implications of practicing psychiatry within traditionally male-oriented cultures.) As one implication of recent identity politics, issues of gender identity represent an inescapable ethical challenge for today's practitioner, and reflect ideas that have received little systematic attention. Moving beyond questions about misogyny, homophobia and homosexuality to explore the ethics of practice with trans-gendered identities, this chapter introduces the elements of a gender sensitive psychiatry.

Keywords:   controversy, dualistic presuppositions, gender identity, gender sensitive psychiatry, homophobia, identity politics, misogyny, recognition rights, sexual exploitation by practitioners, trans-gendered identities

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