This solution answer's the questions and reasons as to which ethical decision-making step is most important, and which ethical decision-making process is most difficult and why. Step 1 is chosen as the most important, and step 15 is chosen as the most difficult.
I believe step 1 is the most important in the ethical decision-making process because if you make an error in step 1 (that is in "identifying the situation that requires ethical consideration and decision making"), then every step that follows will be based on an ill formed initial construct (Pope & Vasquez, 2007, Ch. 9). Just like in the scientific method if your initial hypotheses or constructs are in error in ...
This solution provides research backed evidence as to which steps in the ethical decision-making process are the most important, and which is the most difficult from this writer's point of view.