Ethics and Beyond: Street Ethics and Downers

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(5), 415–416. Reviews the book, Working for Children: Ethical Issues Beyond Professional Guidelines by Judith S. Mearig (1978). The book hits us again and again with the realities. The authors of the 15 chapters come at us from the perspective of their own specialities, which include testing, physical disability, school psychology, child custody, clinical practice, and child abuse. The book is a downer. It is painful. It makes you think and re-evaluate almost everything you believe in–including yourself. The book is geared to the individual in the child-helping system. The book offers particularly good lessons here. Uneven quality is an almost certain criticism of any edited work. The majority of the chapters are quite adequate and present plenty of information, soul-searching issues, or both. The book is not without shortcomings that are independent of the difficulties inherent in the subject matter and current state of the children-helping art. The major messages and issues could have been transmitted in far less space. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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