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A Call for Ethical Standards and Guidelines for Cross-Cultural Research Conducted by American Psychologists

Brent J. Lyons and Frederick T. L. Leong

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/9780199739165.013.0011

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 A Call for Ethical Standards and Guidelines for Cross-Cultural Research Conducted by American Psychologists

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In light of expansive globalization, the lack of ethical guidelines regulating the cross-cultural international research of American psychologists reflects an emerging ethical challenge. The American Psychological Association (APA) code of ethics (2002) is silent on ways to cope with cross-cultural ethical dilemmas, and the Universal Declaration of Ethical Principles for Psychologists (Gauthier, 2008 ), though a useful framework for shedding light on the issue, offers no practical recommendations for researchers. Considering the cross-cultural ethical gaps that exist, in this chapter we provide examples of ethical dilemmas faced by American psychologists conducting cross-cultural international research, such as dilemmas with institutional approval, informed consent, participant inducement, research involving deception, and the dissemination of research results. We conclude with a “Call to Action” and present frameworks that may aid in the APA's development of a code of ethics specific to American psychologists who conduct cross-cultural international research.

Keywords: international research; cross-cultural research; ethical dilemmas; globalization; ethical guidelines

Article.  8336 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; History and Systems in Psychology

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