Guidelines for the provision of psychological services for older adults

Nancy A. Pachana*, Edward Helmes, Deborah Koder

*Corresponding author for this work

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The practice of psychology covers the range of ages from conception through to the end of life and palliative care. Psychologists practice in a variety of roles, but the majority of these roles involve interactions with nonprofessionals of varying ages. These interactions are governed by codes of ethical practice, whether these are developed by the funding bodies for research activities, professional associations, or regulatory bodies. Ethical codes vary in their format and emphasis, but all have the protection of the public as a major purpose. Often there are special provisions in these codes for particular populations or circumstances. Here we describe the development of ethical guidelines for the practice of psychology with older adults in Australia and report on those guidelines and their supporting literature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-22
Number of pages8
JournalAustralian Psychologist
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2006
Externally publishedYes


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