Rehabilitation Counselors' Perceptions of Ethical Workplace Culture and the Influence on Ethical Behavior

Frank J. Lane, Linda R Shaw, Mary Ellen Young, Paul J. Bourgeois

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It is generally accepted that the environment in which a counselor works influences his or her ethical behavior, but there is little empirical examination of this idea within the rehabilitation counseling professional literature. A survey was conducted with a national sample of practicing certified rehabilitation counselors that elicited qualitative data consisting of situations where workplace culture influenced ethical behavior and decision making. Forty percent of the 1,919 respondents provided examples. Qualitative analysis of the data yielded five themes: bureaucracy and resources, workforce, honesty, client welfare, and power differential. Recommendations for policy and future directions for research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)219-231
Number of pages13
JournalRehabilitation Counseling Bulletin
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012



  • ethics
  • rehabilitation counseling
  • workplace culture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Rehabilitation
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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