Psychological Ethics and Macro-Social Change

Michael J. Stevens

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 and Macro-Social Change

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After empirically demonstrating that the well-being of psychology is tied to fundamental economic and political conditions, I illustrate how psychological ethics codes are socially situated by sampling from the codes or regulatory laws of selected countries that have transitioned or are transitioning from communism to free-market democracy, military dictatorship to representative government, economically and politically divided to unified, internationally isolated to globally interconnected, monarchy to theocracy, racially segregated to pluralistic, bicultural to multicultural, and at peace to wartime status. I also examine how the Meta-Code of Ethics reflects the complex, multidimensional integration of Europe. I conclude by identifying features common to the ethics codes of the above countries in transition and compare them to the Universal Declaration of Ethical Principles for Psychologists.

Keywords: economic and political systems; social transition; ethics codes

Article.  12180 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; History and Systems in Psychology

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