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The Handbook of Professional Ethics for Psychologists considers the compatibility of science and morality. Challenging readers to question the fundamental philosophical values of professional psychology, the editors and contributors inspire the ethical impulse and encourage active moral leadership. An essential reference for professional and academic psychologists and counselors, the Handbook of Professional Ethics for Psychologists is also an exceptional primary or supplementary reader for graduate students enrolled in courses on Ethics in Psychology and Ethics and Professional Concerns and for anyone considering the compatibility of science and morality.
Chapter 4: Moral Reasoning and Development
Moral Reasoning and Development
The moral concerns that face societies, professional groups, and individuals are many and varied. Most decisions involve little deliberation, but conflicting interests, responsibilities, and moral principles can occasion uncertainty. Working with vulnerable populations (children, developmentally disabled) and within certain contexts and clinical modalities (sexual, family, and multicultural) can increase the need for moral clarity. The term moral reasoning as it is used here describes the process of adjudicating between prescriptive moral claims (“What should I do?”). In contrast to explanatory reasons (financial gain, pragmatics, lack of competence, etc.), moral reasons are overriding in giving precedence to doing what is “right.” We may offer our gratitude and appreciation to ...