Serving Youth with Physical Deformity in Canadian Schools: Ethical Guidelines for Non-Discriminatory Practice

Kristine Edgington, Jillian Roberts


Physical deformity has a number of serious affects on an individuals psychological and social functioning. In order to help psychologists and other professionals involved in the education of youth with physical deformity, we have interpreted the Canadian Psychological Association's (CPA) Guideline's for Non-Discriminatory Practice in this context. The general principles of the Guidelines for Non-Discriminatory Practice are consistent with those of the Canadian Code of Ethics for Psychologists (CPA, 2001) and include: I. Respect for the Dignity of Persons, II. Responsible Caring, III. Integrity in Relationships, and IV. Responsibility to Society. In addition, several examples of ethical dilemmas that may arise through involvement with students with physical deformity are presented and discussed. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0502442


physical deformity; ethical practice; children & youth; schools

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