On being ethical in legal places
Department of Psychiatry
Medical Subject Headings
Civil Rights; Conflict of Interest; *Ethics, Professional; *Expert Testimony; *Health Personnel; Humans; Jurisprudence; Mentally Ill Persons; Patient Advocacy; Patient Care; Professional Competence; *Psychology; Societies, Scientific
Comments that many ethical pitfalls may await psychologists who participate as expert witnesses in the legal process. This article describes the ethical problems and examines their origin in light of important differences in purpose between psychological practice and legal process. Special attention is given to problems of objectivity in the assessment process, ethical issues in the interpretation of data in the courtroom, and the client's psychological welfare. Suggestions for maintaining ethical practice in the role of expert witness are provided. (29 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
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Citation: Prof Psychol. 1980 Oct;11(5):764-73.
Anderten, Patricia; Staulcup, Valerie; and Grisso, Thomas, "On being ethical in legal places" (1980). Psychiatry Publications and Presentations. 239.