The Ethics of Intervention

  • Irving E. Sigel


In recent years, there have been extensive efforts at educational, economic, and social intervention in the lives of families in the United States. Many intervention programs have been established to break the cycle of poverty (e.g., Head Start), to reduce or eliminate drug abuse, and to remediate an untold array of individual and social problems.


Ethical Issue Parent Education Head Start World View Formal Context 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Irving E. Sigel
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  1. 1.Educational Testing ServiceCenter for Assessment and Research in Human DevelopmentPrincetonUSA

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