Confucian Perspectives on Psychiatric Ethics

Ruiping Fan, Zhengrong Guo, Michael Wong

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This chapter examines Confucian perspectives on psychiatric ethics by focusing on a family-based and family-oriented way of life. It first provides a background on Confucianism and Confucian familism, with emphasis on central concerns in the Confucian virtuous way of life including the integrity, continuity, and prosperity of the family. It then compares Confucian ethics with Western bioethics in terms of moral responsibility and individual autonomy in the context of family obligations and patient needs. It also discusses the Mental Health Act in China, which became effective in May 2013, and its restrictions on involuntary hospitalization within the context of Confucian ethics. The chapter considers two cases, one from mainland China and another from Australia, to illustrate Confucian psychiatric ethics at work in real life and highlight various issues that arise in contemporary clinical settings.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Psychiatric Ethics
Subtitle of host publicationVolume I
EditorsJohn Z Sadler, KWM Fulford, Cornelius Werendly van Staden
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9780199663880
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2015

Publication series

NameOxford Handbooks Online
PublisherOxford University Publishing

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