Ethical Standards in Psychological Practice Term Paper by scribbler

A discussion on the role that ethical standards play in the field of modern day psychology.
# 152212 | 963 words | 5 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Jan 14, 2013 in Psychology (General) , Ethics (General)

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This paper defines ethical standards or codes and analyzes the way society's norms affected the development of these standards. The paper examines the importance of such standards/codes on professional practice in the mental health industry and discusses how the industry has an enforceable set of standards that they must follow.

Definition Ethical Standards and Codes
The Impact of Societal Norms on the Development of Ethical Standards and Codes
The Impact of the American Psychological Association's (APA) Ethical Standards and Codes on Professional Practice in the Field of Psychology
How the Industry has an Enforceable Set of Standards that they must follow

From the Paper:

"Social norms have a direct impact on the way that various ethical standards will affect the field of Psychology. This is because the various ideas of what is morally right and wrong will be reflected from society to the various individuals in the mental health industry. As these different moral were applied to various situations, meant that the APA's Ethical Standards and Codes would evolve to reflect the realities that were occurring. Where, the code would be shaped by the conflict of interest that was occurring pertaining to patient confidentiality and psychological tests that were used for questionable purposes. What happened was the time period from 1947 to the mid 1950's saw a rise in anti communism. This led to a moral conflict of many mental health professionals, who were forced to talk with law enforcement about private conversations with patients. Then, there was an ethical dilemma in the kinds of tests that were being created, where they were being used to screen for spies and conduct counter espionage activities. Together, these two events, along with the social norms, highlighted that this was an obvious violation of traditional morals (which would lead to the creation of the code). ("A Code of Ethics for Psychology," 2003)"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • A Code of Ethics for Psychology. (2003). Retrieved April 16, 2010 from Sage Pub website:
  • Define Ethics. (2010). Retrieved April 16, 2010 from Your Dictionary website:
  • Ethical Principals of Psychologist and Code of Conduct. (n.d.). Retrieved April 16, 2010 from APA website:
  • Lockridge, D. (2010). Define Coe of Ethics. Retrieved April 16, 2010 from E How website:
  • Soeteman, A. (2003). Pluralism and Law. Wiesbaden: Franz Steiner.

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