TITLE

Mental Health Professionals as Pawns in Oppressive Practices: A Case Example Concerning Psychologists' Involvement in the Denial of Education Rights to Roma/Gypsy Children

AUTHOR(S)
Grover, Sonja
PUB. DATE
March 2007
SOURCE
Ethical Human Psychology & Psychiatry;Spring2007, Vol. 9 Issue 1, p14
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article examines a 2006 European Court of Human Rights judgment concerning educational discrimination against Roma children in the Czech Republic and the involvement of educational psychologists in the case. The court held the school to be the proper final arbiter on the question of the best interests of the child regarding educational placement. Based largely on culturally biased psychological testing results, the Roma children in question were declared mentally handicapped by educational psychologists. On that basis, they were placed in a segregated school for the intellectually disabled where the curriculum was quite deficient. Despite statistical evidence of the overrepresentation of Roma children in such segregated Czech schools, and of widespread discrimination against Roma in schools and in the larger society, the court rejected the claim that the children's right to an education had been violated. The implication for psychologists and educators internationally, to avoid becoming pawns contributing to an oppressive human rights situation, is discussed.
ACCESSION #
25121059

 

Related Articles

  • Therapeutic Work With Gender-Variant Children: What School Psychologists Need to Know. Scharrón-del Río, María R.; Dragowski, Eliza A.; Phillips, James J. // School Psychology Forum;Spring2014, Vol. 8 Issue 1, p38 

    In the past 10 years, gender-variant (GV) children (children who do not conform to traditional gender norms) have received increased attention from scholars, mental health practitioners, and popular media. In schools, these students have been shown to be particularly vulnerable to violence and...

  • Vision and the "Right to Read" Effort. Sing, Lois // Journal of Learning Disabilities;Dec1972, Vol. 5 Issue 10, p626 

    If the Right to Read effort is to have more than nominal success, all concerned professions must take a critical look at their particular contribution to a child's general success in learning and his success in learning to read in particular. In this paper, I shall attempt to bring a better...

  • IMPROVING SOCIAL LEARNINGS-Our Hope for Ending Social Discriminations. Hilliard, Pauline // Educational Leadership;Nov1954, Vol. 12 Issue 2, p79 

    This article focuses on the problem of social discrimination faced by boys and girls in the U.S. Social discrimination means unfair treatment and thwarted human relationships between the people of one's family or hometown or nation. Whether children are learning property rights or how to take...

  • Morality in Children's Worlds — Rationality of Thought or Values Emanating from Relations? Johansson, Eva // Studies in Philosophy & Education;Jul2001, Vol. 20 Issue 4, p345 

    The topic of this article is morality among pre-school children. Two different theories of morality, morality as lived and morality as rationality of thought, are analyzed with a special view to exploring their respective consequences for doing research on small children's morality. Children's...

  • Education. SCHRIVER JR., MARK O. // America;9/29/1923, Vol. 29 Issue 24, p573 

    This article discusses the increasing need for concurrence of thought and action among Catholics as of September 1923. In Oregon, Catholics are denied the right to educate their children in the parish schools, being deprived by this law of the right to pass to their children the heritage of the...

  • Los estudiantes inmigrantes: sujetos emergentes del derecho a la educación. Franco García, Martha Josefina // Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios Educativos;2014, Vol. 44 Issue 1, p93 

    This article analyses the reality of immigrants when arriving to mexican elementary schools. These boys and girls are mostly sons and daughters of mexican migrants that return to our country. From acknowledging their presence, the author reviews the historical construction that, since the...

  • Discrimination Against Same Sex Attracted Youth: The Role of the School Counsellor. Hohnke, Mark; O'Brien, Patrick // Australian Journal of Guidance & Counselling;Jul2008, Vol. 18 Issue 1, p67 

    Beginning with a discussion of current legislation in Australia around inclusion, this paper highlights recent research into the school experience of Same Sex Attracted Youth (SSAY), including the issues faced by students, and the negative outcomes of such experiences. The school experiences of...

  • TPA 2013 Legislative Agenda.  // Texas Psychologist;Winter2013, Vol. 65 Issue 1, p16 

    The article discusses the Texas Psychological Association's (TPA) legislative agenda for 2013. The agenda focuses on improving healthcare in Texas and puts emphasis on mental health by working with mental health practitioners to pass a ruling that will allow psychologists to use teletherapy or...

  • Roles of psychiatrists and other professionals in mental healthcare. Hutschemaekers, Giel; Tiemens, Bea; Kaasenbrood, Ad // British Journal of Psychiatry;Aug2005, Vol. 187, p173 

    Background Professional boundaries between psychiatrists and other mental health professionals are difficult to set. Empirical evidence for the distribution of diagnostic and treatment tasks among professionals is lacking. Aims This study examines the collective sense of the profession' about...

Share

Read the Article

Courtesy of THE LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA

Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics