Confidentiality of Adolescent Risk-Taking Behaviors: A Survey of Turkish School Counselors


ETHICS & BEHAVIOR, vol.29, no.6, pp.459-472, 2019 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 29 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/10508422.2018.1469089
  • Journal Name: ETHICS & BEHAVIOR
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.459-472
  • Keywords: school counseling, counseling ethics, confidentiality, adolescent risk-taking behaviors, PERCEPTIONS
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes


The present study investigated school counselors' ratings of the importance of factors in deciding to report adolescent risk-taking behaviors to parents. Turkish school counselors (N = 346) were surveyed. Differences based on gender, years of experience, level of education, attendance of a counseling ethics course, and geographic region were investigated. Mann-Whitney U and Kruskal Wallis tests were used in data analysis. Protecting the student was the highest rated factor. Women and those who took an ethics course rated protecting the student higher than others. Implications for counseling ethics training are discussed, and recommendations for future research are outlined.