Ethical Principles in Psychology

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Ethical principles in Psychology

Ok, so there are 8 key aspects which make up Ethical Principles that every psychologist has to heed to in Psychology (otherwise they get their **** frazzled by the British Psychological Study; here's a lil mnemonic guys :









I'll explain... :D

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Ethical principles in Psychology

So, to conduct an experiment you really ought to be fair and reasonable and honest...blahblah. Yeah whatever! Well, anyways; here is what the 9 key areas of ethics are

1) WITHDRAWAL - It needs to be explicit to your study/investigation that your participant is able to withdraw from theirexperiment if they wish to do so, i.e. that they are able toget their *** thehell out before some crazy guy recreates a 'Milgram' experiment again...

2)DECEPTION - By this I mean that an experimenter must not falsely trick (decieve)their participant into thinking they are investigating onething, when they are really investigating another.For example, we can say that my old buddy Milgram decievedthe 'teacher' as he made him falsely believe that he was administering electric shocks onto the 'learner'; when it was really a taped voice etc.

3) PROTECTION - Has the experimenter/investigator protected his/her participants from physical and mental harm during the experiment?

4) ADVICE - LOL! I didn't know this until quite recently, but the experimenter/investigator must be a qualified in their area of expertise (perhaps; undertaking their MA or phD) in Psychology in order to give advice to their participant.

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Ethical principles in Psychology

5)CONFIDENTIALITY -Participants in Psychological reasearch must have the right to expect that the information they give remains anonymous, i.e. you can't tell your best mate Sal thatyour participant used toa gun-toting, pill-popping lunatic in their teenage days, if it is required they give that information to you. Shaaame -_-

6) COLLEAGUES -Psychologists must take action, if they believe that any of these super-duper important principles are being violated by a colleague. That means you must rat on them! a piggy!

7) OBSERVATIONAL RESEARCH - Unless the participant gives consent to being observed, observational research must not take place in any location/time-space in the experiment/investigation. Only can it take place where observation would naturally occur in the presence of strangers.

8) DEBRIEFING - It needs to be explicit to the participant what the experimenter/investigator was investigating during the experiment. Subjects need to be debriefed of what has occured, therefore why etc. and that any stress that has accumulated inside them is freely discussed and expelled by conversing with the experimenter/investigator

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