Ethical Codes in Different Cultural Settings
In the Western European ethos, there is a fixed state of mind about what is right and what is wrong, based in Judeo-Christian ethics, as if there is a universal definition of normative ethical behaviors. In other cultures, such as Buddhist, Hindu, Zulu, American Indian, and Islamic, there is also a tendency to universalize ethical codes.
There are literally hundreds of other cultures where ethical and moral standards are quite different, demonstrating how and why cultures differ from one another. The Western European ethos is set as standard, yet there is nothing truly standard about the ethical or moral practices. While human services professionals may be inclined to apply what they believe to be standard ethics to circumstances, it is possible their own cultural bias may unintentionally conflict with the ethics of employees or clients who learned their ethical and moral code in another culture.
North American or Western European values and ethical standards cannot be fixed as a static standard. In North America, there are scores of different cultures present in urban and rural settings that demand respect and understanding—and this is especially true in relation to the human services profession. Human services professionals working in many different social, economic, and cultural environments may tend to set particular ethical standards according to the human services profession or according to local laws.
Discuss alternative decision-making approaches to engaging ethical standards from other cultures, where attitudes and values may diverge from the organizational ethics or your personal ethics.
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