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Anticipating Ethical and Legal Challenges in Personality Assessments

Irving B. Weiner

in Oxford Handbook of Personality Assessment

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780195366877
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195366877.013.0031

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Anticipating Ethical and Legal Challenges in Personality Assessments

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Despite their best intentions, practitioners of personality assessment sometimes painfully discover they have paid insufficient attention to what they should or should not have done. This article addresses ways in which personality assessors can anticipate ethical and legal challenges, and, by so doing, avoid them. The American Psychological Association's Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct is an ethics code that rests on the fundamental requirement for psychologists to be knowledgeable and responsible professionals who respect the rights and dignity of others, show concern for the welfare of their clients and colleagues, and present themselves fairly and honestly to their patients and their communities. Five sequential phases of clinical personality assessment, in each of which lurk some ethical and legal hazards, must be considered: accepting a referral; selecting the test battery; conducting the psychological testing; preparing and presenting a report; and managing case records.

Keywords: American Psychological Association; Code of Conduct; ethics; clinical personality assessment; referral; test battery; psychological testing; case records

Article.  8129 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Psychological Assessment and Testing ; Criminal and Forensic Psychology

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