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"Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct" on the American Psychological Association

Description of one ethical principle and one research standard that apply to conducting research in criminal behaviour.

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Basic principles for Code of ethics for APA:

1. Competency
2. Confidentiality
3. Privacy
4. Informed consent

Choose one the principles and elaborate on it. For example:


-inform the subject of who will be receiving the research results and which of the healthcare and legal professionals who will be consulted for the test and assessment.

- inform the subject of how ...

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Description of one ethical principle, confidentiality is best understood in forensic settings.
Also a discussion of one research standard, fair assessment, meaning free of bias is necessary in conducting research in forensic settings.

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