Title

On being ethical in legal places

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Psychiatry

Date

10-1-1980

Document Type

Article

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

Disciplines

Psychiatry

Abstract

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)

Rights and Permissions

Citation: Prof Psychol. 1980 Oct;11(5):764-73.

Related Resources

Link to Article in PubMed

PubMed ID

11650638