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ERIC Number: ED426317
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Aug
Pages: 11
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Role Definitions and Boundary Problems in Child Protection Evaluations.
Gottlieb, Michael C.
Specific ethical problems caused by the multiple roles of the psychologist in cases involving child protection are discussed. Psychologists may serve as consultants, evaluators, therapists, reporters, or monitors for the client and/or the court. When more than one person in the family is involved, or the court orders an additional role for the therapist, conflicts of interest result. Professional practice in psychology has undergone many changes since the introduction of managed care in the mid 1980s. Despite the availability of guidance regarding issues of roles and boundaries, violations occur. Efforts to address this issue, particularly the arena of child protection issues, are discussed. Relevant ideas from the "APA Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct,""Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychologists," and the American Psychological Association's "Guidelines for Psychological Evaluations in Child Protection Matters" are introduced. Problems and role conflicts that arise as a result of the several roles psychologists may play in such situations are discussed. Some illustrations are provided of the ethical dilemmas and pitfalls that await the psychologist who, either as an expert consultant or as a mandated reporter of child abuse, becomes involved in a relationship with the court. Guidelines are offered for resolving some of these dilemmas. (EMK)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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