Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues Related to Use of Psychotropic Medications in School-Aged Populations

  • George J. DuPaulEmail author
  • Melanie K. Franklin
Part of the Pediatric School Psychology book series (PSP)


Given the important involvement of psychologists and school professionals in psychopharmacological treatment, the purpose of this chapter is to address legal, ethical, and professional issues related to the use of psychoactive medications in the school-aged population. Specific attention is given to the implications of these issues for the roles and responsibilities of school personnel when working with families and physicians around medication treatment decisions. The chapter concludes with a list of readings and websites that may be helpful for readers seeking more information on this topic.


Legal Ethical Psychopharmacology Psychotropic medication Roles School psychology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Lehigh UniversityBethlehemUSA

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