Ethical, Social and Legal Implications of Disclosure

Ethical, Social and Legal Implications of Disclosure

Prior to beginning work on this discussion, be sure to read the required articles for this week. .

You are a consulting psychologist for a local clinic and have been asked to review an ethically complex case. Please review the case file attached for detailed information on the case under review.

In your initial post, explain how the APA Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct can be used to guide decisions in this ethically complex situation. Provide a suggested course of action for the clinic staff. Given the daughter’s age and the situation presented, integrate concepts developed from different psychological content domains to support your suggested course of action. Be certain to use evidence-based psychological concepts and theories to support your arguments. Ethical, Social and Legal Implications of Disclosure. You may wish to consider the following questions as you construct your post.


  • Does the daughter have a right to know her diagnosis?
  • Does the mother have a right to not disclose the diagnosis to her daughter?
  • Does the mother have a right to privacy regarding her own diagnosis, which could be threatened if her daughter learns of her own status? Ethical, Social and Legal Implications of Disclosure.
  • Should the staff tell the daughter if the mother does not want her to know?
  • If the daughter wants to know more about her condition, what should the staff say?
  • Are there other approaches the staff can take? If so, what are they?
  • Is further information required in order for you to create an ethically sound suggested course of action?

Needs to be two pages long following APA guidelines. Attached is the case file along with references and articles.

Aultman, J. M., & Borges, N. J. (2011). The ethics of HIV testing and disclosure for healthcare professionals: What do our future doctors think? Medical Teacher33(1), e50–e56.

Bird, J. D. P., Fingerhut, D. D., & McKirnan, D. J. (2011). Ethnic differences in HIV-disclosure and sexual risk. AIDS Care23(4), 444–448.

Edwards, L. L., Reis, J. S., & Weber, K. M. (2013). Facilitators and Barriers to Discussing HIV Prevention With Adolescents: Perspectives of HIV-Infected Parents. American Journal of Public Health103(8), 1468–1475. Ethical, Social and Legal Implications of Disclosure

Heeren, G. A. (2011). Changing methods of disclosure. Literature review of disclosure to children with terminal illnesses, including HIV. Innovation: The European Journal of Social Sciences24(1/2), 199–208.

Nam, S. L., Fielding, K., Avalos, A., Gaolathe, T., Dickinson, D., & Geissler, P. W. (2009). Discussing matters of sexual health with children: what issues relating to disclosure of parental HIV status reveal. AIDS Care21(3), 389–395. Ethical, Social and Legal Implications of Disclosure.