Ethical and Professional Standards in Psychology

  • Gerald P. Koocher


The prerequisites for conducting an ethical practice in psychology go far beyond professional competence and good intentions. They include, at the very least, a degree of professional sophistication, a solid measure of common sense, a high level of personal integrity, the exercise of careful planning, and the ability to establish good interpersonal rapport. While these may seem to belabor the obvious, it is worth noting that a substantial minority of those judged guilty of violating the Ethical Standards of Psychologists (American Psychological Association, 1977a) appear to have done so without intent or awareness (Keith-Spiegel, 1977). Given this reality, this chapter will address three basic concerns. First, the evolution of the Ethical Standards of Psychologists (American Psychological Association, 1977a) will be reviewed from a historical perspective. Second, the extant organizational and procedural structures for refining and enforcing ethical standards in professional psychology will be addressed. Finally, a condensed series of topics relevant to day-to-day professional practice issues will be discussed with the ultimate goal of making it possible for the reader to anticipate and prevent many types of ethical problems.


Ethical Standard Unethical Behavior American Psychological Association Ethical Problem Ethical Code 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerald P. Koocher
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryChildren’s Hospital Medical CenterBostonUSA

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