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William O'Donohue & Richard Mangold

In: The Philosophy of Psychology

Chapter 25: A Critical Examination of the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct*

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A Critical Examination of the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct*
A critical examination of the ethical principles of psychologists and code of conduct
WilliamO'Donohue
RichardMangold

The American Psychological Association's (APA) Ethics Code (1992) is an influential document that has a great number of profound consequences. If it is used as it is intended, then psychologists rely upon it for “decision rules to cover most situations encountered by psychologists” (APA, 1992, p. 1599). Thus it becomes a comprehensive guide for action that influences the professional behavior of psychologists by defining ethically obligatory, permissible, and impermissible behavior as well as the “higher” aspirations of psychologists. Regulatory bodies also rely upon it to define behavior that is sanctionable. The code (APA, 1992, p. 1598) itself recognizes that “Psychologists ...

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