skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 77887 Find in a Library
Title: Ethical Issues for Psychologists in Corrections (From Who Is the Client, P 63-92, 1980, John Monahan, ed. - See NCJ-77884)
Author(s): S L Brodsky
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 30
Sponsoring Agency: American Psychological Assoc
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Sale Source: American Psychological Assoc
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper discusses ethical problems that face psychologists working in corrections and that are caused by conflicting values such as psychology's emphasis on trust and corrections' emphasis on control.
Abstract: Psychologists' tasks in corrections involve entry-level and exit assessments of prisoners and involvement in their treatment. Confidentiality in correctional settings is subject to special pressures and raises the question of whether a meaningful relationship between a psychotherapist and a client is possible. Under these circumstances it is important for psychologists to specifically define client relationships in writing when dealing with individual clients and when accepting employment. Other issues concerning treatment ethics include the practice of behavior modification in which delivery of painful and occasionally harmful stimuli to prisoners has been attacked as unethical. A frequent solution to these and other ethical dilemmas is the use of a peer review committee to examine the professional adequacies of the procedures; a human rights review committee to look at the ethical and other implications of particular treatments; and a 'Promethean solution' which calls for full sharing with clients of all decisions and knowledge regarding professional activities. Ethical issues pertaining to research, psychologists' roles in class action suits, and a due process model are discussed. Statistical data, notes, and about 80 references are included.
Index Term(s): Behavior modification; Correctional facilities; Professional conduct and ethics; Psychologists
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.