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Ethical and Professional Issues in Prevention
Ethical and professional issues in prevention

Ethics is nothing else than reverence for life.

—Albert Schweitzer (Barsam, 2008)

Prevention is distinct from psychologists’ and other human services providers’ other professional activities (i.e., individual and family therapy, consultation, and assessment) and, therefore, points to the need to address unique ethical issues (Schwartz, Hage, & Gonzalez, 2012). The ethical codes of major mental health organizations stop short of addressing the unique ethical issues raised in prevention (e.g., APA, 2010). Perhaps most important, prevention targets groups of people (e.g., communities, high-risk populations, schools) and often attempts to create change, as exemplified by the SPEC project, not only in individuals but also in the multiple systems in which people interact (Trickett, 1998). Hence, preventative interventions affect ...

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