A Study of the Ethical Dilemmas Experienced by School Psychologists in Portugal

Ethics and Behavior 26 (5):395-414 (2016)

Isabel Lima
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
This study examines the ethical dilemmas and difficulties encountered by Portuguese school psychologists. As part of a larger survey, participants were asked about ethical issues faced in daily practice and asked to describe ethical incidents. Of the 477 respondents, 274 reported 441 ethically troubling or challenging situations. Responses were coded into a six-category system based on the code of ethics of Portuguese psychologists. Most of the reported dilemmas concerned privacy and confidentiality principles. Results are discussed in light of relevant literature and international findings. Implications for the development of the profession and future research are provided.
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DOI 10.1080/10508422.2015.1029047
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