Specialty Standards for Industrial-Organizational Psychologists

  • C. Paul Sparks

Abstract

Until quite recently there was no recognized source document that delineated a set of standards or principles for the practice of what is commonly known as industrial-organizational (I-O) psychology. During 1980 the American Psychological Association (APA) finally adopted a set of Specialty Guidelines for the Delivery of Services by Industrial/Organizational Psychologists (1981). The reader will note that the title refers to “Guidelines” rather than “Standards.” APA characterizes these guidelines as “supplements to the generic Standards for Providers of Psychological Services.” The birth of these guidelines was preceded by a long period of gestation during which abortion frequently was proposed as the best solution. However, APA concluded that, “The knowledge base in each of these specialty areas has increased, refining the state of the art to the point that a set of uniform Specialty Guidelines is now possible and desirable.” Four professional specialties were recognized in this fashion: clinical, counseling, school, and industrial/organizational.

Keywords

American Psychological Association Psychological Service Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Employment Decision Personnel Selection 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Paul Sparks
    • 1
  1. 1.Employee Relations DepartmentExxon CompanyHoustonUSA

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