Ethical standards and practices in human services and health care for LGBT elders

Pamela B. Teaster, Amanda E. Sokan

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Understanding and working with a population as diverse as LGBT elders is not possible without a grounding in ethics and its application to real-world problems faced by the older adults and their families. Principles of autonomy, beneficence, nonmaleficence, justice, fidelity, and veracity are critical for professionals to understand when confronting dilemmas that LGBT elders face. In this chapter, the authors use a case study to illustrate a real-world example of ethical and moral action. The purpose of this chapter is to provide a grounding in ethical principles and frameworks, as well as discuss pertinent codes of ethics, in order to make the case that an understanding of ethics is essential when dealing with the complex dilemmas that LGBT elders face.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of LGBT Elders
Subtitle of host publicationAn Interdisciplinary Approach to Principles, Practices, and Policies
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9783319036236
ISBN (Print)9783319036229
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Autonomy
  • Beneficence
  • Codes of ethics
  • Fidelity
  • Justice
  • Nonmaleficence
  • Veracity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Medicine
  • General Psychology


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