Applied ethics in mental health in Cuba: Part I - Guiding concepts and values

Laura Sánchez Valdés, Isaac Prilleltensky, Richard Walsh-Bowers, Amy Rossiter

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As part of a project on professionals' lived experience of ethics, this article explores the guiding concepts and values concerning ethics of mental health professionals in Cuba. The data, obtained through individual interviews and focus groups with 28 professionals, indicate that Cubans conceptualize applied ethics in terms of its central role in professional practice and its connection to the social context and subjective processes. Findings also show that Cuban professionals are guided not only by a set of professional values but by a specific set of civic values as well. The former are sub-divided into other-oriented values and self-oriented values. The study of ethics in another culture such as Cuba offers a unique point of view from which to critique the social construction of our own conceptions of applied ethics in North America.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)223-242
Number of pages20
JournalEthics and Behavior
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Applied ethics
  • Cross-cultural ethics
  • Cuba
  • Mental health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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