Learning Objectives

After studying this chapter, students should be able to

  • Defend the ethical codes that guide research and practice
  • Assess the five general principles that psychologists follow
  • Discuss the ethical standards of the APA as they apply to researchers, including confidentiality, informed consent, reduction of harm, privacy, deception, and debriefing
  • Identify the two parties who must provide informed consent in the case of special populations
  • Appraise the ethical problems associated with Internet research
  • Discuss the problem of bias in research