Ethics in Psychology

  • Alison Wadeley
  • Ann Birch
  • Tony Malim
Part of the Introductory Psychology Series book series (IPS)


At the end of this chapter you should be able to:
  1. 1.

    identify ten areas of concern in the BPS ethical guidelines for research with human participants and comment on each one;

  2. 2.

    analyse ethical issues raised in the studies of obedience by Milgram and Zimbardo;

  3. 3.

    comment on psychologists’ everyday experience of applying ethical guidelines;

  4. 4.

    identify some ethical issues raised by psychotherapy in general and behavioural treatments in particular;

  5. 5.

    explain what is meant by and give examples of ‘socially sensitive research’;

  6. 6.

    consider some of the dilemmas psychologists face when conducting socially sensitive research;

  7. 7.

    describe the kinds of research psychologists conduct with animals and comment on its incidence; and

  8. 8.

    analyse practical and ethical issues raised by animal research in psychology.



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Further Reading

  1. S. Fairbairn and G. Fairbairn (eds), (1987) Psychology, Ethics and Change (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul).Google Scholar
  2. R. D. Gross (1995) Themes, Issues and Debates in Psychology (London: Hodder & Stoughton) ch. 10.Google Scholar

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© Alison Wadeley, Ann Birch and Tony Malim 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alison Wadeley
  • Ann Birch
  • Tony Malim

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