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The scope of ethics complaints to licensure authorities regarding online services


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Heralded as a promising and emerging sector of practice, the provision of mental health services over the Internet is considered to be fraught with potential ethical risks. Although the literature contains substantial description and theory of potential ethical risks in this new service medium, little is known about the extent to which such potential pitfalls have materialized in practice. This study investigated the scope of ethics complaints that have arisen from services provided over the Internet by licensed professionals, with an emphasis on psychologists. A brief history of the convergence between professional psychology, related health professions, and Internet computer technologies is reviewed with a focus on ethical guidance and dilemmas. Licensure authorities of psychologists were surveyed to assess the extent to which services rendered via the Internet have resulted in ethics complaints. When very few Internet surveys were returned, an informal telephone survey was conducted with 17 Boards. The gap between ethical guidance and the realities of practice is address in light of the observed rarity of complaints. Implications are discussed for future decision-making regarding research, practice, and regulation of services provided over the Internet.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Psychotherapy;
Mental health;
Information systems
Classification
0622: Psychotherapy
0347: Mental health
0723: Information systems
Identifier / keyword
Health and environmental sciences; Communication and the arts; Psychology; Ethics; Licensure authorities; Mental health services; Online
Title
The scope of ethics complaints to licensure authorities regarding online services
Author
Baker, Gregory E.
Number of pages
74
Publication year
2006
Degree date
2006
School code
0960
Source
DAI-B 67/06, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542738920
Advisor
Peterson, Roger L.
University/institution
Antioch New England Graduate School
University location
United States -- New Hampshire
Degree
Psy.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3220708
ProQuest document ID
304918221
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304918221
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