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Deception in psychology research

Select a classical issue in ethics and psychological research (e.g., deception in research, research with children, and research with prisoners, or use of animals in research). Obtain faculty approval of your selected issue prior to beginning this assignment.

Prepare a 1,050- to 1,400-word paper in which you examine your selected issue. Do the following:
- Define ethics in your own words.
- Discuss the concept of risk/benefit ratio.
- Describe your selected issue and explain why it is an issue.
- Evaluate the impact of your selected issue on psychological research (be sure to include issues such as informed consent, voluntary participation, risk/benefit ratio; how does your issue present special concerns in these areas?).


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(1) Define ethics-

Ethics refer to behaviors and practices are judged to be following the American Psychological Association (APA, 2000) set of standards if right and wrong behaviors when treating patients and clients. For example, under Standard 10.04 conflicts and issues that arise should motivate the psychologist to proceed with the case in response to any therapeutic issues that arise. This is in accordance with Standard 3.04- which states that, "Psychologists take reasonable steps to avoid harming their clients/patients, students, supervisee; research participants, organizational clients, and others with whom they work, and to minimize harm where it is foreseeable and unavoidable." (

Standard 4.06 & 4.07- state that psychologists are encouraged to disclose only information that is useful for treatment purposes. For instance, the first clause of Standard 4-06 assigns priority to that which benefits the client.

Other APA standards are concerned with counselor/practitioner ability to work with diverese ethnic groups The guiding principle associated with competence is that the practitioner can not counsel or provides services for which they have not had the proper education and/or training. However, competence involves more than skills and training. For example, in working with diverse cultures, practitioners must demonstrate that they can have knowledge, and can show empathy and respect for persons from backgrounds different from their own. Moreover, practitioners in psychology are ...

Solution Summary

This solution discusses an issue in ethics in psychological research.