ERIC Number: ED264509
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Professional Value Conflicts in Forcing Services on Resistant Older Clients.
Hayes, Christopher L.
Clinicians who work with at-risk older adults are often faced with the difficult decision to override their client's civil rights and force institutionalization. Many times the professional is pressured by police or a housing manager to "just do something" with the judgmentally impaired older client. Clinicians faced with these decisions may experience role conflict and ambiguity, conflict between legal and social values, and conflict between professional and organizational standards. Firm guidelines for forcing services cannot be made. Decisions must be made on a case by case basis since at some point the client's right to self-determination is superseded by other variables. It is hoped that by examining ethical foundations and the personal/professional values that guide these decisions, clinicians will be able to deliver an intervention that balances the client's wishes, the professional's assessment of the degree of crisis, and the community's right to be protected. (ABB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society (38th, New Orleans, LA, November 22-26, 1985).