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Gerais : Revista Interinstitucional de Psicologia

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RASERA, Emerson Fernando  and  FREITAS, Emília Cristina A. A.. Meanings of ethics for psychologists working with groups. Gerais, Rev. Interinst. Psicol. [online]. 2009, vol.2, n.2, pp. 128-140. ISSN 1983-8220.

This study describes the meanings of group work and ethical decision making among clinical and organizational psychologists. Data was collected through semi-structured interviews with ten psychologists about ethical principles, ethical dilemmas, professional ethics training and group ethics. It was analyzed qualitatively accordingly to content analysis. The main results pointed to: an ethical conduct based on personal and professional experiences; an absence of professional training for group work; the confidentiality as a fundamental principle for group work; a distinction between ethics-in-use and that proposed by the Code of Ethics; the perception of a greater ethical demand in group work. These understandings invite a reflection about the psychologists' training for group work and its implications for an ethical practice.

Keywords : Psychology; Professional Ethics; Group Work.

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