The Psychological Assessment Practitioners

2118 WordsJan 29, 20189 Pages
As stated by Foxcroft (2011) the psychological assessment practitioners core ethical responsibility is that nothing should be done during testing and assessment to harm the client, and that it is their responsibility to follow ethical practices so that the test-takers can perceive the assessment to be fair and beneficial. This discussion will be covering ethical issues in psychological assessment with an emphasis on the South African context. We will look at what a psychological test is, what ethics is, the history of South Africa that has had an impact on psychological testing in this country, and some ethical issues to consider. In the South African context, a psychological test is classified as such when the purpose of said test, results in the performance of a psychological act, according to Foxcroft, Roodt, & Abrahams (as cited in Foxcroft. 2011). Foxcroft (2011) stated that a psychological act with regards to assessment is the use of measures to assess mental, cognitive, or behavioural processes and functioning, intellectual functioning, aptitude, personality etc. Only registered psychologists are allowed to perform psychological acts, and the tests devised may only be used, interpreted and managed by psychologists according to Foxcroft (2011). Because these psychological tests are assessing information which the client may not wish to be made public, or could potentially cause any harm or distress on them if these results were improperly used, it is important for
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