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Chapter 23: The Behavior Therapists' Dilemma: Reflections on Autonomy, Informed Consent, and Scientific Psychology*

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The Behavior Therapists' Dilemma: Reflections on Autonomy, Informed Consent, and Scientific Psychology*
The behavior therapists' dilemma: Reflections on autonomy, informed consent, and scientific psychology
JonRingen

A new doctrine concerning informed consent to therapeutic interventions has been articulated in case law during the past two decades. The legal judgments and their interpretations incorporated in recent codes of professional conduct make it clear that understanding the new doctrine of informed consent requires a satisfactory conception of autonomous (or self-determined) choice or action. Efforts to articulate such an account encounter unresolved and problematic tensions between current conceptions of science-based therapeutic practices and current conceptions of the ethical and legal principles that constrain these practices. In what follows, consideration of the radical

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