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Human dignity and vulnerable agency : an ethical framework for forensic practice

Ward, Tony and Syversen, Kendra 2009, Human dignity and vulnerable agency : an ethical framework for forensic practice, Aggression and violent behavior, vol. 14, no. 2, March-April, pp. 94-105, doi: 10.1016/j.avb.2008.12.002.

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Title Human dignity and vulnerable agency : an ethical framework for forensic practice
Author(s) Ward, Tony
Syversen, Kendra
Journal name Aggression and violent behavior
Volume number 14
Issue number 2
Season March-April
Start page 94
End page 105
Publisher Elsevier Science
Place of publication New York, N. Y.
Publication date 2009-03
ISSN 1359-1789
1873-6335
Keyword(s) human dignity
forensic ethics
offenders
Summary In this paper, we present an integrated ethical framework that covers the different levels of ethical tasks inherent in forensic and correctional work. First, we briefly give an overview of the ethical framework and its component notion of human dignity. Second we analyze in depth the concept of dignity and its relationship to normative theories and ethical concepts that are particularly relevant for forensic practitioners. Third, we explore the capacity of the conceptions of human dignity and vulnerable agency to integrate principles typically contained in ethical codes and practice, such as beneficence, autonomy, and justice. Fourth, we discuss how conflict between ethical codes or duties of station adhered to by practitioners can be effectively addressed in light of the model of dignity and agency outlined earlier. Fifth, we explain how individuals' specific ethical judgments and actions should proceed in light of our framework model.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.avb.2008.12.002
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, Elsevier.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30034247

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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