The ethical beliefs and behaviours of Victorian fitness professionals

Dawson, Andrew ORCID: 0000-0003-1596-6927, Andersen, Mark B and Hemphill, Dennis ORCID: 0000-0003-3834-6624 (2001) The ethical beliefs and behaviours of Victorian fitness professionals. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 4 (3). pp. 266-282. ISSN 1440-2440


A survey based on those employed by Petitpas, Brewer, Rivera, and Van Raalte (1994), Pope, Tabachnick, and Keith-Spiegel (1987), Tabachnick, Keith-Spiegel, and Pope (1991), and Pope and Vetter (1992) was used to investigate the ethical beliefs and behaviours of Victorian fitness professionals. Although there is evidence that Victorian fitness professionals are knowledgeable about some general ethical principles, the results of this study suggest that there is some lack of consensus among Victorian fitness professionals about the ethical appropriateness of a number of complex issues relating to business practices, confidentiality, dual relationships, and personal and professional boundaries. The findings suggest there is a need to improve the professional and ethical education of fitness professionals and to develop comprehensive ethical principles and a code of conduct that is relevant to the individuals working in the Australian fitness profession.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1016/S1440-2440(01)80036-0
Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 220000 Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts-General
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Ageing, Rehabilitation, Exercise & Sport Science (CARES)
Keywords fitness professionals, ethical beliefs, professional behaviours, Victoria
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