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Ethics is a term used to describe the guiding philosophies and/or moral values of a group or an individual. Although ethics are by definition theoretical in nature, they are the underlying principles that help guide the conduct of any given society, profession, or individual.

This entry reviews important concepts for understanding the application of ethical principles to the practice of forensic psychology. It addresses issues such as identifying the intended beneficiary of forensic services, the application of the principle of beneficence/nonmalfeasance, and the relevance of existing professional standards and guidelines. It then summarizes four of the major elements of ethical forensic psychological practice: competency, judgment, responsibility, and accountability.

Intended Beneficiary of the Forensic Product or Service

A critical aspect of ethical practice is the clarification of the forensic ...

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