Latin and South America

Andrés J. Consoli, Rubén Ardila and Andrea Ferrero

in The Oxford Handbook of International Psychological Ethics

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199739165
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Latin and South America

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Ethics in psychology in Latin and South America have become an important, even central area in the discipline. Latin and South American countries have advanced an organized psychological discipline by creating professional societies and Colegios, developing ethics codes, and writing laws regulating the practice of psychology. These countries have sought to systematize the training and eventual accreditation in psychology through regional agreements such as NAFTA, Southern Common Market, the Andean Community, and the Central American Council on Accreditation. In this chapter we review the status of psychology and psychological ethics in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and Puerto Rico. All countries have developed a national code of ethics applicable to all psychologists in the country, and have instituted an ethics committee to attend possible complaints against professionals. All codes share a similar structure, highlight ethical principles, and articulate a code of conduct.

Keywords: Latin America; South America; organized psychology; ethics code; laws

Article.  9464 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; History and Systems in Psychology

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