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Ethical Principles, Values, and Codes for Psychologists: An Historical Journey

Carole Sinclair

in The Oxford Handbook of International Psychological Ethics

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199739165
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199739165.013.0001

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Ethical Principles, Values, and Codes for Psychologists: An Historical Journey

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In this chapter, a review is provided of the efforts and methods used by professions, from the time of the ancient world to the present, to articulate their ethical principles and values to guide members of the professions. The evolution of the concepts of respect for persons, doing good and avoiding harm, truth-telling, and responsibility to society are traced across time, cultures, and professions. The purpose and role of ethics codes also are described, demonstrating the influence of culture, politics, and historical events. In addition, the history (since the mid-20th century ce) of the development of modern-day codes of ethics for psychologists is outlined, including the possible impact of the Universal Declaration of Ethical Principles for Psychologists on this development.

Keywords: history of ethics codes; Universal Declaration of Ethical Principles for Psychologists; ethical standards; ethical principles; Meta-Code

Article.  10968 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; History and Systems in Psychology

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