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NCJ Number: 77886 Find in a Library
Title: Ethical Issues for Psychologists in Court Settings (From Who Is the Client, P 43-62, 1980, John Monahan, ed. - See NCJ-77884)
Author(s): E A Fersch
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 20
Sponsoring Agency: American Psychological Assoc
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Sale Source: American Psychological Assoc
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper discusses some ethical problems facing psychologists serving in courts that are caused by conflicting goals.
Abstract: The conflict of interests between courts and psychologists causes ethical problems focusing on representations of the effectiveness of psychological services, representations of the psychologist's competence, confidentiality, responsibility to the client, and design and use of research. For example, in matters of confidentiality, a court-appointed psychologist has a duty to report harmful acts planned by the defendant. Here the ethical dilemma is increased by the great difficulty in predicting dangerousness to an individual and to society. Psychologists must be clear as to what role they are performing and aware of the limitations of that role and of the conflicts it raises. Furthermore, psychologists should challenge the traditions which require them to perform certain roles and functions. Three correctional models are discussed: traditional, reform, and rethinking as well as questions of public policy and future roles of psychologists in court settings. Relevant studies are examined. Notes and over 80 references are included.
Index Term(s): Professional conduct and ethics; Psychologists
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