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ERIC Number: EJ894795
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-1554-2998
Factors Influencing the Decision to Break Confidentiality with Adolescent Students: A Survey of School Counselors
Sullivan, Jeremy R.; Moyer, Michael S.
Journal of School Counseling, v6 n24 2008
In their work with adolescent students, school counselors often are faced with the ethical dilemma of whether to break confidentiality to report risk-taking and potentially dangerous behaviors to parents. This study reports the results of a national survey asking school counselors to rate the importance of multiple factors that influence their decision to break confidentiality with students. Based on responses from 200 school counselors, exploratory factor analysis was used to categorize these considerations into 4 factors: Dangerousness of the Behavior, Protecting the Student and Relationship, Compliance, and Student Characteristics. Respondents also provided additional considerations that influence their ethical decision-making; these additional considerations point to potential directions for future research. (Contains 4 tables.)
Journal of School Counseling. Montana State University, College of Education, Health and Human Development, P.O. Box 172940, Bozeman, MT 59717. Tel: 406-994-4133; Fax: 406-994-1854; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A