Administrative Pressures to Practice Unethically: Research and Suggested Strategies

Helton, George; Ray, Barbara
July 2009
Ethical Human Psychology & Psychiatry;2009, Vol. 11 Issue 2, p112
Academic Journal
Research indicates that school psychologists and special education teachers sometimes face pressures from school administrators to practice unethically. It includes quantitative and qualitative data on: School psychologists' and special education teachers' predictions of their responses to administrative pressures to practice unethically; personal and situational factors related to their predictions; errors in some respondents' ethical reasoning; strategies for responding to pressures to practice unethically; and the ethical obligations shared by school psychologists, special educators, and school counselors in responding to these pressures. The purpose of the article is to increase school-based practitioners' abilities to understand and cope successfully with administrative pressures to practice unethically.


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