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Title: Social work ethical decision making in an inter-disciplinary context
Authors: Yeung, KSS 
Ho, APY 
Lo-Hui, MC 
Chan, EA 
Keywords: Social work education
Ethical decision making
Ethical reasoning
Self-determination
Duty of care
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Source: British journal of social work, 2010, v. 40, no. 5, p. 1573-1590 How to cite?
Journal: British journal of social work 
Abstract: In order to strengthen social work students' competence in ethical reasoning, three inter-disciplinary seminars were organised in which a group of final-year social work and nursing undergraduates jointly discussed and reflected on ethical decision making. Both social work and nursing students respected a client's rights to make decisions and choices, but they attributed different priority to this ethical principle when it came to making decisions on which professional intervention was based. Social work students continued to regard self-determination as the primary principle, whereas nursing students made a shift in principle from autonomy to a duty to care. The differences in applying professional values are conceived as the result of a web of personal, cultural, professional and organisational features. It is suggested that both the theory and practice of social work ethical decision making can be advanced by more individual reflection grounded on a plurality of perspectives.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/25992
ISSN: 0045-3102
EISSN: 1468-263X
DOI: 10.1093/bjsw/bcp065
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