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Assume that an industrial/organizational psychologist is using integrity tests to advise
an organization about employee selection and promotion. What ethical conflicts might
this create in terms of his/her responsibilities to the organization and/or its employees?
Ethics play a major role in the field of psychology and of course in the department of I/O
psychology. Whenever a psychologist is making decisions, he or she must take into
consideration the Ethics code. The ethics code provides guidelines to any psychosocial work in
regards to “the clinical, counseling, and school practice of psychology; research; teaching;
supervision of trainees; public service; policy development; social intervention; development of
assessment instruments; conducting assessments; educational counseling; organizational
consulting; forensic activities; program design and evaluation; and administration” (APA, 2010,
para 2). According to the Ethics code, there are six basic principles, which describe the most
common ethical standards. These are listed in our textbook as follows:
A psychologist only does work that he or she is competent to perform.
Psychologists are fair and honest in their professional dealings with others.
Professional and Scientific Responsibility:
Psychologists maintain high standards of professional behavior.
Respect for People’s Rights and Dignity:
Psychologists respect the rights of confidentiality and privacy of others.
Concern for Others’ Welfare:
Psychologists attempt to help others through their professional work.
Social Responsibility:
Psychologists have a responsibility to use their skills to benefit society” (Spector, 2008, p. 22).
Besides the Ethics code, psychologists can also use other professional resources in
helping them acquire the knowledge to make ethical decisions. In addition, he or she can consult
with other psychologists regarding this subject. When trying to obtain data from any personnel

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and then providing it to a third party, it is necessary that all parties are aware of the function of
the psychologist. The psychologist should also inform everyone what the purpose of the test is,
to whom this information will be provided, and about the limits of confidentiality. If the test is
ordered by the court, a psychologist cannot provide any specific information about the reasons
and purpose of collecting information; he or she needs to inform the individual of why they
cannot. Because the purpose of a psychologist is to work to everyone’s best interest, to be fair
and honest, to help and to use his or her skills to benefit others, certain personal information
could reveal facts about an individual that may not benefit them. Therefore, it is important that
the participant is aware of the purpose of the test and has been also advised of the right to
withdraw (APA, 2010).
American Psychological Association.(2010). Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of
Conduct. Retrieved September 24, 2010, from
Spector, P., E. (2008). Industrial and organizational psychology: Research and practice (5
Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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