Off-campus Pacific University users: To download campus access theses and dissertations, please log into our proxy server with your PUNet ID and password.
Non-Pacific University users: Please talk to your librarian about requesting this thesis or dissertation through interlibrary loan.
Theses or dissertations that have a specific embargo period indicated below will not be available to anyone until the date indicated.
Date of Award
Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)
Master of Science in Psychology
Sheila S. Bob, PhD
Maryka Biaggio, PhD
Privacy is a familiar concept in Western society. Our back yards are separated by "privacy fences." Opera houses and stadiums have "private boxes." The media, from current newspaper stories to recent cinema, is littered with references to "the right to privacy." For example, the 1998 film The Truman Show fascinated us with its depiction of Truman, a man whose every living minute was filmed and viewed by the rest of the world. Audiences enjoyed the sense of voyeurism as they watched Truman brush his teeth, go to work, even sleep through the night. Paradoxically they cheered in the final scene as Truman realizes he is being filmed and runs away, effectively claiming his privacy. The film is illustrative of the complexity of privacy and the strong emotions it evokes in us.
Biswas-Diener, Robert (1999). Legal and ethical dilemmas related to confidentiality in psychotherapy (Master's thesis, Pacific University). Retrieved from: