School Psychology in Rural Contexts: Ethical, Professional, and Legal Issues

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Delivering psychological services in rural communities presents a number of unique challenges for practitioners relative to their peers in urban and suburban communities. In this article, the authors describe the current context of rural schools and examine the ethical and legal issues school psychologists may face when practicing in rural educational settings. They link these issues to the field's ethical guidelines and educational policy and offer practical recommendations for resolving potential dilemmas. Implications for practice, training, and research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)254-277
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Applied School Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2014


  • ethics
  • rural education
  • rural school psychology

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