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NCJ Number: 148927 Find in a Library
Title: Ethical Dilemmas in Psychology: The Death Row Inmate (From Locked Up: Body, Mind and Soul: American Correctional Health Services Association 1994 Multidisciplinary Training Conference, P 144-153, 1994 -- See NCJ-148921)
Author(s): S C Norton
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 10
Sponsoring Agency: American Correctional Health Services Assoc
Dayton, OH 45401
Sale Source: American Correctional Health Services Assoc
11 W Monument Avenue
P.O. Box 2307
Suite 510
Dayton, OH 45401
United States of America
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper discusses the appropriateness of psychological services with death row inmates and examines relevant ethical principles, with emphasis on developing guidelines for the situation.
Abstract: One ethical problems is the involvement of psychologists in a process that ends in death. Another is whether, in an inmate who psychologically deteriorates to the point of becoming legally insane, the psychologist should try to restore sanity, even though insane inmates cannot be executed and sane inmates can. Kitchener's ethical decisionmaking hierarchy begins with the facts of a situation, moves through intuition and professional codes, and ends with basic ethical principles. In the case of a death row inmate, each level of the hierarchy should be examined to determine the responsibilities of the psychologist. Other writers note that psychologists should clearly define the roles, limits, and possible outcomes for inmate treatment. Monahan recommends that psychologists consider the needs of the inmate at all times. The analysis concludes that alleviating suffering through mental health treatment is an ethically justifiable and appropriate intervention for death row inmates. 25 references
Main Term(s): Psychologists role in corrections
Index Term(s): Death row inmates; Offender mental health services; Professional conduct and ethics
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