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Prison Psychology: Challenge/Disclosures

Much of the growth in forensic psychology over the last few decades is owed to research. General research requires ethical codes and guidelines to follow when working with human subjects. Conducting research in forensic psychology requires a more specific set of guidelines to follow. In particular, working with incarcerated populations to conduct research requires more restrictive parameters to avoid ethical and legal violations. The basis for most ethical codes and guidelines is rooted in historical cases where conducting research resulted in participants being placed in harm's way. The Nazi experiments in concentration camps and the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment are examples of cases where individuals were injured in the name of "science." Modern day researchers learned from those examples and others to adopt and follow ethical codes and guidelines to insure the safety of human subjects. Conducting research with forensic populations brings a set of unique ethical challenges, especially when working with populations that may be viewed as marginal by society. Therefore, it is beneficial to you as a student studying forensic psychology to understand unique ethical challenges that may arise when working with incarcerated forensic populations.

description of the challenge you selected. Explain which codes/guidelines may be violated and how the violations may occur. Explain the consequences that might arise as a result of the violation. Finally, share your thoughts and insights about challenges related to conducting research with incarcerated individuals.

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Dear Student,
Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. The solution below should get you started. In this particular task, you are being asked to imagine an ethical challenge and discussing likely violations, consequences and applicable guidelines. I suggest making it simple so that you can discuss whatever the scenario is as clearly as you can. I suggest using this outline as follows:
1. The Challenge/scenario - 100 words
2. Guidelines, consequences, violations - 100 words
3. Insights - 100 words

This outline should yield around 300 words which should cover what you need. Just let me know via the feedback section if you need further clarification. You can also use the listed resources to further explore the topic. All the best with your studies.

Challenges in Practice

One of the challenges that I feel I will likely encounter in practice is related to disclosures. According to most department of correction practice at state levels, when inmates are incarcerated at the beginning of their sentence, they sign a waiver that covers the necessary authorization of prison administration over their behavior and life in prison, as part of their sentence, which includes disclosure of information to staff, fellow inmates and people who visit them while they are incarcerated. Since mental health s ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tackling the task (see above) of discussing a likely challenge in the practice of prison psychology. In this solution, disclosures and confidentiality are discussed. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.