Essay on Ethical Principles

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Ethical Principles John Durham III PSY/305 March 7, 2016 Dr. Daven Salmi Ethical Principles Introduction The ethical issue that I chose to examine was an article about the relationship between ethical and abusive coaching behaviors and student-athlete well-being. I found this article very interesting because not a lot of people are aware of the ethical issues that have been and are currently going on in the athletic background. Believe it or not there are many ethical issues that relate to psychology in the athletic field. Ethical Issues in Collegiate Athletics One of the biggest ethical issues in collegiate athletics was the abusive behaviors of the coaches to the athletes. This is a big ethical issue because the actions…show more content…
A key example of the ethical and abusive behavior from a coach that this article states was the event conducted by Rutgers University previous head basketball coach Mike Rice. Mike Rice was terminated from Rutgers University for verbally (cursing and taunting) and in some instances physically (pushing and throwing the basketball at the players) abusing his players. This incident shows the coach crossing that line ethical and unethical coaching behavior. The article also included how social-cognitive theory has been used to explain the impact of coaching behaviors on athletes. One of the main aspects of social-cognitive theories impact is that individuals learn by observing and imitating the behaviors of models which in this case of course is the coaches (Brown, Yukhymenko-Lescroart, & Paskus, 2015, p. 37). Coaches have highest authority over their student-athletes and control the valued outcome which makes them the most credible models in their athlete’s point of view. Another aspect that is of importance of social-cognitive theory is that individuals are capable of self-regulating their performance. The article list four mechanisms initiated by Bandura (1977) that can affect an individual’s self-efficacy, which is an individual’s belief that he or she is capable of self-regulating their performance, belief. The

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