Tarasoff

Clinical Update

Tarasoff: Making Sense of the Duty to Warn or Protect

Topics: Crime | Criminal behavior | duty to protect | duty to warn | Legal issues | Tarasoff

  Your hospitalized patient tells you that he is angry with his sister and intends to “bash her brains in.” He tells you she is sending him messages through the television that say she is going to kill him. Nurses note the patient has been tense and irritable and has been observed talking to himself. Tarasoff ruling: Background We often

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