Publication Date: September 1984
Publisher: Jewish Communal Service Association of North America
Author(s): Bruce I. Karp
Research Area: Culture and religion; Social conditions
Keywords: Jewish Organizations; Mental Health; Jewish Values and Culture
Coverage: United States
The concept of "relativity of values" i.e. that there can be a variety of positions in relation to a given issue, none of which has an inherent presumption of superiority, is an important professional commitment, linked to the ethical caveat of client self-determination. While mental health professionals non-judgmentally affirm the right of individuals to adopt values which differ from their own, (provided that the values chosen respect the life and well-being of others), they in fact tend to feel that the values which structure their own life choices are "correct" in an absolute, rather than in a relative sense.
In Journal of Jewish Communal Service, v.61 no.1, Fall 1984.
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