ERIC Number: ED357303
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
A Survey of Ethical Decision-Making among Practicing School Psychologists.
Chevalier, Nancy E.; Lyon, Mark A.
Empirical studies on the ethical decision-making practices of school psychologists are lacking. The purpose of this study was to investigate school psychologists' preferred resolutions to a number of ethical problems and their reasons for acting in a chosen manner. Members (N=76) of the National Association of School Psychologists were surveyed. A three-part questionnaire was used in this study. The first section consisted of seven vignettes describing ethical dilemmas. The second section asked respondents to rate each of the seven vignettes on perceived lack of seriousness of the problem and the frequency with which similar problems had been encountered in practice. The third section requested demographic information. A central finding of the study was that there was a general lack of agreement among respondents about preferred courses of action, and reasons to support these actions, when faced with the ethical dilemmas presented by the questionnaire. While these results may simply reflect the varied nature of the situations with which school psychologists are confronted, they may also support the hypothesis that many practitioners are struggling with a lack of clear guidelines in the face of quite serious ethical dilemmas. From these preliminary results it appears that many of the needs of practicing school psychologists in the area of ethical decision-making are not currently being met by preservice training. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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