Ethics and Psychology Term Paper by MommyS

A brief discussion on the importance of a personal code of ethics within the psychological field.
# 151757 | 731 words | 5 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Sep 23, 2012 in Psychology (General) , Ethics (General)

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This paper briefly examines how the ethical standards of the field of psychology are sometimes a bit obscure, which makes personal codes of ethics so important. The paper also looks at how ethical principles are an extremely important aspect of psychology and how one's own ethical principles are one's moral guideline in day-to-day activities.

Role of Personal Ethics
Effect of Ethics on Application of Psychological Principles
Ethics and Personal Growth and Development
Advantages of Psychology

From the Paper:

"Ethical issues are sometimes treated as if they are legal issues, doing what is lawfully required or not violating ethical codes are actions deemed ethical (Bricklin, 2001). However, in reality, not all ethical issues are legal issues, and there are cases when taking the ethical course of action is not the same as taking the legal course of action (Bricklin, 2001; Hogan, 2007). Therefore, it is crucial that psychologists not only follow the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct set forth by the ethics committee of the American Psychological Association (APA), but also develop and adhere to their own personal code of ethics. Developing a personal code of ethics is important to help the psychologist deal with ethical issues, especially those issues that are not covered by or are gray areas in the Ethics Code (Bricklin, 2001). Also, "a psychologist who is clear about personal ethics is better able to listen, evaluate, and respond to a client without confusing personal ethical issues with those of the client" (Bricklin, 2001, p. 196)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bricklin, P. (2001). Being ethical: more than obeying the law and avoiding harm. Journal Of Personality Assessment, 77(2), 195-202.
  • Gauthier, J. (2009). Ethical principles and human rights: building a better world globally. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 22(1), 25-32.
  • Hogan, T. P. (2007). Psychological testing: A practical introduction (2nd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
  • Jorgensen, G. T., & Weigel, R. G. (1973). Training psychotherapists: Practices regarding ethics, personal growth, and locus of responsibility. Professional Psychology, 4(1), 23-27. doi:10.1037/h0034688
  • The Williams Institute. (2011). Ethics awareness inventory. Retrieved from

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