Ethical Issues in Psychology
This assessment includes two parts. Compile both parts into one document for submission. Follow the instructions provided for each part.
Part 1: Ethical Issues in Psychology
Ethics are a central concept to any career in psychology, but ethical issues are sometimes unclear, and solutions to ethical dilemmas are often difficult to determine. As a professional in psychology, it is important to know how to identify an ethical issue, think through possible solutions, and find the resources necessary to guide your choices.
For this part of the assessment, choose a case study applicable to your future vision in the field from the Ethics Case Studies by Specialization document linked in the Assessment Resources. Then, address the following questions:
What do you see as the ethical issue or issues involved in the case study you reviewed? Cite the relevant elements within the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (linked in the Unit Resources and Assessment Resources) to support your analysis.
What steps would you take to attempt to resolve the issue?
How does this issue, as well as the other standards in the APA code of ethics, relate to your future career in psychology?
How do these ethical principles relate to your role as a graduate learner in psychology?
Part 2: Ethics in Research and Information Gathering
As mentioned in the introduction, another set of important ethical considerations and principles related to your role as a professional and a learner in psychology is ethics in research. To help you distinguish between scholarly research and information gathering and practice conducting ethical research, you may wish to review the following documents, linked in the Assessment Resources:
Review the Research Definition provided by the Capella Research Integrity Office.
Review Ethical Foundations in Capella’s Research Center. You do not need to review the Responsible Conduct of Research PDF.
Talking to individuals in your desired career or related to your future vision is a great way to further clarify your goals and transform your aspirations into reality. In Unit 5, you will locate a professional in psychology and ask questions relevant to your continuing career exploration. For this part of the assessment, clarify the distinction between conducting research and gathering information through an interview and reflect on the ethical principles involved by addressing the following questions:
What is the difference between conducting research in the field of psychology and conducting an informational interview?
What ethical principles are most applicable to your upcoming professional interview? What will you do to ensure you adhere to ethical principles while conducting your interview?
Compile Parts 1 and 2 into one document to submit for this assessment. Adhere to the following requirements:
Length: Your assessment should be 4–6 typed and double-spaced pages in Times New Roman, 12-point font. (The length excludes the title page and reference list.)
References: Your references may include both scholarly literature and practitioner sources.
Written communication: Communication must be free of errors, scholarly, professional, and consistent with expectations for members of the profession of psychology.
Writing style: APA expectations for scholarly writing includes the use of third-person narrative, unless it is awkward to do so. Because you are talking about yourself in this paper, you may write in the first person.
APA formatting: Your assessment must be formatted according to APA (6th edition) style and formatting and include a title page and reference list.
Note: Your instructor may also use the APA Writing Feedback Rubric to provide additional feedback on your academic writing. The writing feedback rubric does not affect your assessment, but its feedback may factor into the professional communication and writing grading criteria. Evaluate your own work using this rubric. Refer to the Learner Guide for instructions on viewing instructor feedback.
Refer to the Ethical Issues in Psychology Assessment Scoring Guide to ensure that you meet the grading criteria for this assessment.
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