1. Health
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Discuss in my forum

What Is Confidentiality?


Updated December 20, 2010

Written or reviewed by a board-certified physician. See About.com's Medical Review Board.

If your child is receiving treatment for her depression, you may be wondering exactly what is confidentiality, and what it means for you and your child.

Confidentiality is an important part of your child's depression treatment and can be a complicated topic, especially when it comes to a child receiving mental health treatment.

Confidentiality describes the extent of information that will be kept between your child's provider and your child, or what will be disclosed. Additionally, it describes the manner in which recorded, written, or electronic information will be maintained.


Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Other Codes of Conduct. 2010 Amendments. American Psychological Association. Accessed: December 04, 2010. http://www.apa.org/ethics/code/index.aspx

Stephen H. Behnke, JD, PHD, Elizabeth Warner, PsyD. Confidentiality in the treatment of adolescents. Monitor on Psychology. March 2002; 33(3): 44.

  1. About.com
  2. Health
  3. Depression
  4. Who's at Risk?
  5. Age Groups
  6. Child Depression
  7. Treatments
  8. Confidentiality - What Is Confidentiality

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.

We comply with the HONcode standard
for trustworthy health
information: verify here.