ERIC Number: ED209619
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Ethical Issues in Academic Substance Abuse Consultation.
Several important ethical issues need to be addressed both by the consultant and the organization in the field of academic substance abuse consultation. Various problems face the university-based academician who consults with agencies and organizations, such as consultant abuse, i.e., when a consultant is hired on the basis of title and academic affiliation rather than for specific research competencies. In addition, most drug education/prevention programs desire reduction of adolescent drug use; however, some data suggest that drug use may increase rather than decrease as a result of education programs. The ethical issues involved in this phenomenon have not been analyzed. Adolescent drug abuse also represents illegal behaviors and has important implications for issues such as informed consent and protection of data. Finally, implications of therapist-client sexual relationships or harassment upon both the therapeutic relationship and the objective evaluation of therapy outcome must be considered. The psychological research consultant can attempt to improve the methodological quality of substance abuse programs, while simultaneously assuring that ethical standards are maintained. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (89th, Los Angeles, CA, August 24-26, 1981).