ERIC Number: ED393047
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Aug-13
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Ethical Issues in the Recovery of Sexual Abuse Memories.
This speech highlights ethical considerations in defining "reasonable practice" or standards of care in cases of the recovery of sexual abuse memories. Knowing the ethical standards of the psychological profession is not sufficient. These standards cannot be and are not exhaustive in addressing all the ethical dilemmas that psychologists face. Reasoned judgment and evaluation must be used. General ethical principles are autonomy, fidelity, justice, beneficence, and nonmaleficence. Autonomy includes both freedom of action and freedom of choice. It is within this context that informed consent is important. Beneficence or "doing good" suggests that therapists have important positive obligations to clients in terms of contributing to their health and welfare. Several questions therapists should ask of themselves before proceeding with a sexually abused client are provided. Many ethicists believe the ethical principle of nonmaleficence, or "do no harm," is the primary ethical responsibility. Related to this principle is the issue of a priori assumptions that interfere with appropriate assessment and treatment. Specific questions that can be considered to evaluate the potential of harm to a client dealing with memories of sexual abuse are provided. Contains seven references. (JBJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (103rd, New York, NY, August 11-15, 1995).