Ethics in Psychology: A Reflection

975 Words Jan 10th, 2018 4 Pages
Early on in a psychology students' career, he or she is urged to abide by specific guidelines governing his or her behavior to ensure that he or she acts in an ethical manner. A student that has a lax attitude about cutting and pasting words from the web will later have trouble understanding why using the research of others and citing it as your own is unethical when he or she is a graduate student (Landrum & Davis 2012: 179). Misrepresenting the results of research to prove a desired thesis can have substantial consequences for how patients are treated and how a particular illness is viewed. Because psychology is the study of human beings, individuals in the field (including students) must appreciate the human consequences of their actions.
Psychological knowledge and principles: The personal growth, health, and development of students
A psychology student should have a personal sense of ethics and morality, and also a strong sense of obligation to the need for the field to be above reproach, particularly given the sensitivity of the subject matter. However, teachers likewise have a responsibility to their students. For example, as part of a teaching curriculum, it is mandated that "psychologists do not require students or supervisees to…
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