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PSYC 2030
Krista Phillips

Lecture 3 – Research 1/19/2012 12:37:00 PM Ethics  A system of moral principles  Crucial that research is conducted in an ethical manner o As a society we are sensitive to ethical questions  Standards for writing wasn’t established until 1953 o Because there was ambiguity o There was inherently very high level of trust, people trusted psychologists --- got in the way of development of the formal code  Our ideas of what’s right & wrong are socially constructed  In our culture we give a great deal of power to psychiatrists to decide if a certain behaviour is normal or not  Psychiatric diagnosis are notoriously unreliable  Our ethical code as a social construction will reflect the values of our culture o Variation across cultures and overtime  We are a lot more sensitive to the rights of individuals  Standards Influenced by variables that are important in our society o Stereotypes  Miles and August study on right to die cases – when someone is on life-sustaining medical assistance and when that patient is unable to communicate, what do doctors do if there is no living will made by the patient.  Doctor can ask family if person communicated anything about his wishes  Or did patient live choice to a person  75% of cases where patient was a male physician tried to determine what patient wanted  if women choice is left up to the husband  Ethics are relative!  Hannah Arent – philosopher that observed that nazi war criminals did no
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