ERIC Number: ED268467
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Consulting Psychologists Perceptions of Role Boundaries and Ethical Issues.
Softley, Teddi L.
Psychologists have expanded their role by becoming consulting psychologists. New roles include assessment specialist, psychoeducational therapist, psychosituational assessor, curriculum developer, and program evaluator. A lack of consensus exists regarding norms for individual work situations. To investigate this issue, 177 randomly selected consulting psychology division members of the American Psychological Association were asked nine questions concerning their perceptions of ethical and role boundary issues. None of the items was perceived by the respondents to be highly appropriate. Functions reported to be of least importance were sharing confidential data, partisan involvement in organizational politics, and documenting evidence for firing employees. Functions considered most important were helping clients with problems unrelated to work, taking a therapist role with the client, making decisions as to what actions clients should take, and giving negative feedback to a client's employer. Limitations of the study include the low response rate (44 percent), possible newcomer bias, and an uneven response rate from different areas of psychology. Four pages of references are included. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas Univ., Austin. Research Inst.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (93rd, Los Angeles, CA, August 23-27, 1985).