Ego Development, Ethical Decision-Making, and Legal and Ethical Knowledge in School Counselors

Glenn W. Lambie, Kara Ieva, Patrick R. Mullen, B. Grant Hayes

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Abstract

School counselors require high levels of ego development, sound ethical decision-making processes, and significant knowledge regarding legal and ethical practice to provide effective services to their clientele. The authors report the findings of a descriptive, correlational study of 186 school counselors' levels of ego development (Hy and Loevinger in Measuring ego development, 2nd edn. Sage, Thousand Oaks, 1996), ethical decision-making (Dufrene in Dissertation Abstracts International, 61(10):3906, 2000), and ethical and legal knowledge (Lambie et al. in Counselor Education & Supervision, 49, 228-246, 2010). Higher ego maturity was associated with higher legal and ethical knowledge scores. Implications for counseling and adult development are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)50-59
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Adult Development
Volume18
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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