The Relevance (or Irrelevance) of Consequences to Social Work Ethics

By Charles S. Levy

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), September 1974

The author explores the relationship of consequences to ethics in the realm of social work. He contends that professional ethics are generally formed by values, to the exclusion of the consideration of consequences. Incompetence, in other words, can be more easily excused than an unethical action with positive consequences. The author further explores the dilemmas faced by social workers dealing with clients who act unethically, forcing the workers to choose between ethical purity and professional effectiveness.

Topic: Morality, Professionalism, Social Services, Ethics

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Volume/Issue: Vol. 51/No. 1

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Genre: Article

Language: English

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Levy, Charles S. The Relevance (or Irrelevance) of Consequences to Social Work Ethics. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). September 1974: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=458


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