Privacy beliefs associated with the family impede physicians'response to domestic violence.
As a private sphere, the family is regarded as sacred, separate, and hidden from public view.
Hence, physicians who look for or uncover violence in the family risk defiling a sacred object and violating norms of noninterference.
Privacy beliefs also obfuscate the ethical analysis of physicians' duties to intercede on behalf of battered patients.
Ethical principles of beneficence and nonmaleficence have been invoked to justify physicians'duties to abused patients; however, the principle of justice has not been invoked.
Mots-clés Pascal : Homme, Environnement social, Milieu familial, Violence, Ethique, Médecine générale, Vie privée
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Human, Social environment, Family environment, Violence, Ethics, Internal medicine
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 93-0334119
Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 199406.