How might Irina’s age and parents’ involvement in the referral affect how Dr. Matthews can resolve the dilemma?

 

Respond to the following questions in at least  1,250 words. Regarding the case study below APA format

 

1. Why is this an ethical dilemma? Which APA Ethical Principles help frame the nature of the dilemma?

 

2. How might Irina’s age and parents’ involvement in the referral affect how Dr. Matthews can resolve the dilemma? How might the state law on treatment of minors and HIPAA rule on access of guardians to a minor’s health care record influence Dr. Matthews’ decision?

3. How are APA Ethical Standards 2.01a b, and c; 2.04; 3.04; 3.06; 4.01; 4.02; and 10.10a relevant to this case? Which other standards might apply? Use this site  http://www.apa.org/ethics/code/index.aspx

 

 

4.  What are Dr. Matthews’ ethical alternatives for resolving this dilemma? Which alternative best reflects the Ethics Code aspirational principle and enforceable standard, as well as legal standards and Dr. Matthews’ obligations to stakeholders ?

 

5. What steps should Dr. Matthews take to ethically implement her decision and monitor its effects

 

 

Reference

 

 

Fisher, C. B. (2013). Decoding the ethics code: A practical guide for psychologists. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

 

Case 2. Cultural Values and Competent

 

Mental Health Services to Minors

 

 

Irina, a 13-year-old girl of Arabic cultural heritage living in Boston, Massachusetts,

 

was brought by her parents to a hospital emergency room after an assault by a

 

stranger. Based on her injuries, the hospital staff suspected that the attacker had

 

also sexually assaulted the girl, but she and her parents refused medical evaluations

 

for rape. The family received a referral to see Janet Matthews, a clinical psychologist

 

specializing in adolescent trauma. During their initial meeting with Dr. Matthews,

 

the parents asked the psychologist not to discuss any sexual aspects of the assault

 

with their daughter but to treat the psychological trauma from the assault in general.

 

They told the psychologist that admitting a rape had taken place would cast a

 

stigma on their daughter and make her ineligible to be married to men in their

 

closely knit ethnic community. When asked in private, the girl also requested that

 

sexual issues not be discussed for the same reason.

 

Ethical Dilemma

 

Dr. Matthews does not know if she should agree to the parents’ and child’s

request

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