Psychological Ethics in Europe: Convergence and Divergence

An-Magritt Aanonsen and Katharina Althaus

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

 Psychological Ethics in Europe: Convergence and Divergence

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One characteristic of psychological ethics in Europe is that the continent has very diverse historical, cultural, and professional traditions. This makes the development of a good, visible structure with transparency in matters concerning ethics—i.e., codes of conduct, ethics committees, and sanctioning procedures—rather a challenge. In this chapter we will look, with the structure of the Meta-Code of the EFPA as a template, at the variety of ethical codes throughout the European continent—depending on the development of the profession of psychologists, the different kinds of psychological organizations and regulation of psychologists—and comment on communalities, differences, or special characteristics of the ethical codes of a majority of EFPA member associations.

Keywords: Europe; EFPA; association; legal; ethical code; regulation; sanction; consumer protection

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Subjects: Psychology ; History and Systems in Psychology

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