Narrative ethics

Richard Martinez

in Psychiatric Ethics

Fourth edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780199234318
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754548 | DOI:

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

Narrative ethics

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As with novels and readers, health professionals and patients are engaged in a similar process. At the core of narrative ethics, is the assumption that in the patient's telling and the professional's listening, the moral dimension of their encounter is brought to the surface for scrutiny, interpretation and understanding. Narrative approaches of this kind are increasingly appreciated in psychiatric, psychological, medical and ethics health care journals and books. This chapter will review narrative ethics as a theory and tool to improve both clinical and ethical work with psychiatric patients. Two cases are offered to illustrate the narrative approach.

Chapter.  6215 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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