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date: 24 February 2020

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Clinical practice and research with children and adolescents diagnosed with mental health conditions can raise complex ethical questions that touch on fundamental tensions between core ethical principles, such as autonomy, beneficence, and nonmaleficence. This chapter focuses on three dynamic ethics areas that often raise complex ethical questions in child and adolescent clinical psychology: (a) informed consent and assent policies and procedures; (b) confidentiality policies and disclosure decision-making; and (c) developing and maintaining competence. Traditional ethics sources, such as professional codes, laws and regulations, and professional guidelines, are discussed; evidence-based ethics approaches are examined that, in conjunction with traditional ethics sources, can provide contextual information to inform ethical decision-making and help psychologists tailor procedures to specific participant/client populations and/or settings.

Keywords: informed consent, confidentiality policies, disclosure decision-making, developing competence, maintaining competence, informed assent

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