Title

Ethical Principles and the Communication of Forensic Mental Health Assessments

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Routledge

Faculty

Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science

School

School of Psychology and Social Science

RAS ID

18119

Comments

This article was originally published as: Allan A., Grisso T. (2014). Ethical Principles and the Communication of Forensic Mental Health Assessments. Ethics and Behavior, 24(6), 467-477. Original article available here

Abstract

Our premise is that ethics is the essence of good forensic practice and that mental health professionals must adhere to the ethical principles, standards, and guidelines of their professional bodies when they communicate their findings and opinions. We demonstrate that adhering to ethical principles can improve the quality of forensic reports and communications. We demonstrate this by focusing on the most basic principles that underlie professional ethical standards and guidelines, namely, Fidelity and Responsibility, Integrity, Respecting Rights and Dignity of Persons, and Justice and Fairness. For each principle we offer a brief definition and explain its demands. Then we identify ways in which the principle can guide the organization, content, or style of forensic mental health report writing, offering illustrative examples that demonstrate or abuse the principle.

DOI

10.1080/10508422.2014.880346

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Not open access

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