Ethics in Industrial Organization Psychology


I/O Psychologists follow the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct. Yet this Code is written in general terms. It is therefore quite important for you to explore and comprehend how this code is understood specifically by I/O Psychologists and applied to their work within organizations. You will do this through your participation in this unit’s Discussion.
Read Chapter 30 in your textbook, “Issues in the Ethical Practice of Consulting Psychology.” This chapter addresses the following 10 ethical issues in terms specific to their application to the work of I/O Psychologists.

Who is the Client?
Informed Consent
Dual Relationships
Consultant Competence
Management versus Helping Perspectives
Level of Intervention
Ethical Issues in Organizational Assessment
Ethics of Intervention
Aspiring to Moral and Ethical Influence
From this list of 10 ethics concerns of special attention for I/O Psychologists, select one.
Summarize the range of issues and factors that comprise this ethical concern, as outlined in the Reading.
Explain your personal position on these issues and factors — how would you likely handle each issue/factor as an I/O Professional?
Do you feel that the issues and factors which you have discussed will force you out of your comfort zone or present any particular professional, personal, or other challenges to you in your I/O Psychology career? If so, how and why? Will this influence the kind of work you choose to do as an I/O Psychologist?A

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