Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Ethics and Behavior




School of Arts and Humanities


This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Ethics & Behavior on 31/03/2019, Available online:

Allan, A., & Allan, M. M. (2020). Ethical issues when working with terminally ill people who desire to hasten the ends of their lives: A western perspective. Ethics & Behavior, 30(1), 28-44.


Terminally ill people might want to discuss the options they have of hastening their deaths with their psychologists who should therefore know the law that regulates euthanasia in the jurisdictions where they practice. The legal, and therefore ethical, situation that influences psychologists’ position and terminally ill people’s options, however, differs notably across jurisdictions. Our aim is to provide a brief moral-legal historical context that explains how the law reform processes in different jurisdictions created these different legal contexts and options that, in turn, influence psychologists’ ethical position. We conclude by considering 8 specific ethical issues at a conceptual level that might confront psychologists irrespective of where they practice.



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