Psychologist’s involvement in assessments related to death penalty cases. Institution Affiliation. Student’s name Date Psychologist’s involvement in assessments related to death penalty cases Introduction. Over the years the involvement of forensic psychologist’s in the assessments of death penalty cases has brought about a debate on their ethics. The debate gained intensity in 2010 following the controversial involvement of the forensic scientists in military interrogation at U.S. detention centers such as Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay. These actions lead to the American Psychological Association (APA) to amend its Ethics Code Standard number 1.02 (Bush Connell & Denney 2006). Conflicts between Ethics and Law Regulations or Other Governing Legal Authority. Moreover the amended language made it clear that all psychologists were prohibited from engaging in activities that will justify or defend violating human right however lawful the activity (Fisher 2012). Imagine you are a forensic psychologist asked to determine the IQ the testimonies of psychologies who may be compromised. It’s about time the American Psychologist Association should consider reviewing their Code of Ethic to prohibit its members from engaging in activities that may compromise human rights. References Bush S. S. Connell M. A. & Denney R. L. (2006). Ethical practice in forensic psychology: A systematic model for decision making. DeMatteo D. & Edens J. F. (2006). The role and relevance of the Psychopathy Checklist-Revised in court: A case law survey of US courts (1991-2004). Psychology Public Policy and Law 12(2). Fulero S. M. & Wrightsman L. S. (2008). Forensic psychology. Cengage Learning. Kassin S. M. Drizin S. A. Grisso T. Gudjonsson G. H. Leo R. A. & Redlich A. D. (2010). Police-induced confessions: Risk factors and recommendations. Law and human behavior 34(1) 3-38. Fisher C. B. (2012). Decoding the ethics code: A practical guide for psychologists. Thousand Oaks Calif: Sage. [...]
For this paper, you will examine the ethical implications of a controversial topic related to forensic psychology. Choose from the following topics: Psychologists' involvement in military interrogations Psychologists' involvement in assessments related to death penalty cases In 1,000-1,250 words, consider the following: Discuss human rights as it relates to the controversy. Explain ethical implications that may arise for both sides of the controversy. A minimum of three peer-reviewed sources and the textbook should be used to support this paper. Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required. This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion. You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin. Please refer to the directions in the Student Success Center.