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Some significant ethical issues in residential services

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Kendrick makes the differences between a 'home' and a 'facility/program' very clear in this article. People with disabilities are most often viewed as not needing a 'home' through the process of social devaluation but also through the socialisation and outlook of professionals in the field. It is therefore understandable that, if the people are seen as pathologically different and deficient, residential models will be deficient. Kendrick therefore then goes on to discuss some of the ethical issues that professionals and service providers must understand and act upon in residential settings; the need for appropriate intentional safeguards against further devaluation, a conscious understanding of the ethics individual workers carry about people with disabilities in general (do they see every human being as capable of growth and development?) and lastly that workers must deal adequately with the issue of 'choice'. Keywords: Ethics, Professionals

Kendrick, Michael
Sundram, C. (ed) Choice and Responsibility; Legal and Ethical Dilemmas in Services for Persons with Mental Disabilities
Publication Date
1 January 1970
Ethics, Professionals
United States

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