Is the unexamined professional life worth practicing? Factors influencing ethical practice in psychologists

Venkatesh, Shruti, and Lovibond, Peter (2019) Is the unexamined professional life worth practicing? Factors influencing ethical practice in psychologists. Ethics and Behavior, 30 (5). pp. 326-341.

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One way to improve ethical standards and competency of psychologists is by understanding how they respond to ethical dilemmas. This study asked psychologists to choose what they would do and what would be the worst thing to do in response to each of 20 vignettes describing an ethically difficult scenario. Participants were 95 registered psychologists practicing in an Australian state (New South Wales). Normative responses for "would" and "worst" responses were defined by a reference group of five psychologists experienced in professional ethics. The results showed that, unlike some previous studies, years of experience, gender and qualification were not significant predictors of normative choices. Overall, psychologists were better at identifying normative would than worst responses to ethical dilemmas. This finding highlights the need to raise awareness of what constitutes “bad” practice in order to help psychologists avoid engaging in behaviors that lead to misconduct. In addition, those who engaged in peer supervision were more likely to perform better on choosing the normative responses, suggesting the importance of receiving feedback and reflecting on clinical work to maintain ethical and professional standards.

Item ID: 74390
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1532-7019
Copyright Information: © 2019 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2022 00:28
FoR Codes: 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5203 Clinical and health psychology > 520302 Clinical psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1303 Ethics > 130399 Ethics not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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