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Handbook of Professional Ethics for Psychologists: Issues,
Questions, and Controversies

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Handbook of Professional Ethics for Psychologists: Issues, Questions, and Controversies

William O'Donohue & Kyle Ferguson

Pub. date: 2003 | Online Pub. Date: May 31, 2012 | DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781412990004 | Print ISBN: 9780761911890 | Online ISBN: 9781412990004 | Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.

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Chapter 16: Ethical Considerations in Psychological Assessment

Ethical considerations in psychological assessment Assessment, as it relates to the field of psychology, serves an important function when working with others. Human beings by nature are intricately complicated, and assessment is a valuable tool that enables one to understand the many unique facets and ubiquitous dimensions of another individual. Carelessness or lack of knowledge in assessment sets the stage for encountering myriad problems and, in turn, can lead to detrimental consequences that jeopardize both the welfare of the individual being assessed and the psychologist performing the assessment. With this in mind, one should begin to reflect on the ethical considerations required of a psychologist who engages in assessment. This chapter is therefore dedicated to discussing the connection between ethicality and assessment in psychology. The objectives for this chapter are twofold. First, the chapter will discuss the main areas in which assessment is typically implemented and highlight important ethical concerns ...

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