An interdisciplinary inquiry into the ethics codes of the helping professions : interpretations of moral principles and professional responsibilities

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dc.contributor.advisor Westbrook, Lynn
dc.creator Iakovakis, Clarke Lawson
dc.date.accessioned 2011-07-20T18:10:47Z
dc.date.available 2011-07-20T18:10:47Z
dc.date.created 2011-05
dc.date.issued 2011-07-20
dc.date.submitted May 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2011-05-3522
dc.description.abstract Helping professionals help people to achieve optimal functionality and fulfillment in the physical, psychological, emotional and intellectual domains. Well-defined ethical standards for practitioners are crucial to such a vital endeavor. This study analyzes the official codes of ethics produced by the professional organizations of five of the helping professions: librarianship, psychology, social work, nursing, and education. In the ethics codes is sought interpretation of four moral principles—respect for autonomy, justice, beneficence, and non-maleficence—and four professional responsibilities—fidelity, veracity, privacy, and confidentiality. These are grounded, respectively, in the “common morality” or the core norms exercised by all morally serious people, and the “professional morality,” or the core norms exercised by all moral professionals. How do the professions define, interpret, and express the principles and responsibilities? This interdisciplinary study clarifies and allows comparison of the expressed values of each profession. It is a critical examination of professional codes of ethics, and an argument for their explicit grounding in a larger morality.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject Ethics
dc.subject Professional ethics
dc.subject Morality
dc.subject Librarianship
dc.subject Social work
dc.subject Psychology
dc.subject Nursing
dc.subject Education
dc.subject Library ethics
dc.subject Social work ethics
dc.subject Psychology ethics
dc.subject Nursing ethics
dc.subject Education ethics
dc.subject Codes of ethics
dc.title An interdisciplinary inquiry into the ethics codes of the helping professions : interpretations of moral principles and professional responsibilities
dc.date.updated 2011-07-20T18:10:52Z
dc.identifier.slug 2152/ETD-UT-2011-05-3522
dc.contributor.committeeMember Zhang, Yan
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dc.type.genre thesis
dc.type.material text
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thesis.degree.grantor University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.name Master of Science in Information Studies

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