Integrating contextual issues in ethical decision making

Alvaro Vergés*

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Many issues in ethics arise in relation to the contexts in which psychologists work. However, most ethical decision-making models reproduce the way in which psychologists tend to approach ethics by focusing on ethical dilemmas and proposing a step-by-step response to deal with them. Although these models might be useful, their emphasis on reactive approaches and their lack of contextualization constitute significant limitations on their applicability. In this article, an approach to ethical decision making that highlights the importance of the context in developing proactive strategies to solve ethical issues is proposed. This approach is further explained through its application to medical and rural settings. The implications of these suggestions to the training in ethics are finally discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)497-507
Number of pages11
JournalEthics and Behavior
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Ethical decision making
  • Ethical dilemmas
  • Ethics
  • Training


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