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What were the 3 assertions of the Percivalian ethics code (developed by Thomas Percival, AMA, 1794)?

- Moral authority and independence of physicians in service to others
- Affirmed the profession's responsibility to care for the sick
- Emphasised individual honour


What did Socrates think was the key to living 'the good-life'?

Rational reflection and contributing to the community


What is another word for Teleology?

Consequentialism (outcome-based)


According to Utilitarianism, what is the right moral action?

The one that maximises happiness for all. Our own happiness is no more important than anyone else's.


According to Deontology, what is the morally important thing?

The morally important thing is not the consequence but the way the chooser thinks when they make their choices.


How are the ethical decisions of psychologists based in both consequentialism and deontology?

- They have to constantly think about doing whatever will do the least harm to the client = consequentialism
- They have to follow various types of principles and duties, irrespective of outcome = deontology


What are 4 problems associated with consequentialism?

1. It may be unclear (or open to interpretation) which effects are good or bad
2. Many actions produce both good and bad effects, so there must be some way of balancing those
3. An action may have good effects for some people and bad effects for others, so there must be some way of balancing the effects on different people
4. It can be difficult to predict the effects of an action prior to acting, which is problematic because in ethics we want to have a guide for current and future action.


What is rule-consequentialism?

Rules are derived based on the consequences of particular categories of actions, rather than individual actions. eg: truth-telling should be a universal rule because it generally has good consequences, even though sometimes it has bad consequences


What is act-consequentialism?

When the agent has to determine the consequences of each act prior to acting


What's one example of how religious ethics are deontological?

The 10 Commandments - they define specific duties a person should fulfill and also a basis for these duties - the commandments of an almighty deity


What's one example of the limitations of deontological ethics?

When doing one's duty will lead to bad consequences eg: Telling the truth to German soldiers that you're hiding Jews.


Explain the virtue ethics approach.

- Virtue ethics focuses on the qualities of the moral agent, rather than the agent's actions
- We should focus on developing qualities such as honesty, courage, altruism and perseverance


What is phronesis?

Practical wisdom. The capacity to adapt our thinking and decision-making to the specific circumstances before us, as opposed to rigidly applying a set of rules.


What is eudaimonia? What must we develop in order to achieve it?

Eudaimonia is human happiness and flourishing. To achieve it, we must first develop virtue.


What is normative ethics?

Being able to incorporate the beneficial aspects of consequentialism, deontology and virtue ethics in your life.


In H. et al. (2003), what were the 2 dimensions used to measure participants' moral position?

Idealism - low vs high acceptance of harm
Relativism - low vs high acceptance of moral absolutes


In H. et al. (2003) what were the 4 ethical ideologies yielded from the 2 dimensions? Which is closest to deontology?

Situationists - high idealism and high relativism (reject absolute moral rules but maintain that good outcomes can always be obtained)
Absolutism - High idealism and low relativism (accept universal moral rules and believe that good consequences can be realised - closest to deontology)
Subjectivism - Low idealism and high relativism (reject moral absolutes and base judgments on personal feelings about actions and circumstances
Exceptionism - Low idealism and low relativism (view conformity to moral rules as desirable yet regard exceptions to these rules as permissible.


In H. et al. (2003), what were the 3 hypotheses?

1. Psychologists would have lower relativism scores than physicians (due to greater emphasis on codes of ethics training)
2. Psychologists and physicians won't differ on scores of idealism (both jobs emphasise doing no harm to patients)
3. Psychologists will report being more influenced by ethics codes and less by institutional value statements, family views and religion, compared to physicians


In H. et al. (2003), what were the findings?

- No sex differences
- Psychologists were less relativistic and equally idealistic as physicians, as expected
- Psychologists were more influenced by ethics codes than other factors, but they weren't negatively correlated.


What are Ross (1930)'s 7 prima facie duties?



According to Love, what's the best way a student can integrate and live ethical values?

Have good role models


According to Love, what is the most important value for a psychologist?

Do no harm


What is paternalism?

When you shift from helping someone to taking over their life


In Sullivan (2002), what were 3 agreed-upon ethical behaviours by the psychologist participants?

- Addressing client by their first name
- Having client address you by their first name
- Offering or accepting handshake from client


In Sullivan (2002), what were the 8 agreed-upon unethical behaviours by the psychologist participants?

- Erotic activity with client
- Sexual contact with client
- Borrowing money from client
- Discussing a client by name with friends
- Signing off on hours a supervisee hasn't earned
- Doing therapy under influence of alcohol
- Disrobing
- Disclosing name of client to a class you're teaching


What were 2 differences between Henry (2005) and Pope et al. (1987) and Sullivan (2002) (studies on psychologists attitudes on ethical behaviour)?

- Henry looked at fourth year students
- Henry used 4 point Likert scale


What were Henry (2005)'s sample more likely to do, compared to earlier studies? Why might they have been more likely to do this?

- More likely to break confidentiality and report child abuse, or if client is suicidal or homicidal
- Stricter laws these days on mandatory reporting and 4th year students maybe have higher level of perceived competence


What are the 6 components that make up moral intensity?

- Magnitude of consequences (sum of harm/benefits)
- Social consensus
- Probability of effect (probability that the act will occur and produce the predicted outcome)
- Temporal immediacy (time between the act and its effect occurring)
- Proximity (nearness to the people affected)
- Concentration of effect (inverse function of the number of people affected by an act of a given magnitude eg: stealing ream of paper from an organisation vs stealing it from one person)


What are 3 conditions that make people assume less responsibility for an unethical act?

1. Consequences involve someone psychologically or physically distant
2. Consequences are likely to occur in distant future
3. It's unlikely that the negative consequences will occur


What is an ethical dilemma?

When all the available actions will lead to good and bad outcomes


What are the 5 domains of EDM?

1. Resolving ethical issues
2. Privacy and confidentiality
3. Human relations
4. Research and publication
5. Therapy and fees


What are the 5 philosophical approaches that inform EDM in psychological practice?

- Utilitarian
- Rights
- Fairness
- Common-good
- Virtue


What 2 people conceived the Utilitarian approach?

Bentham and Mill


What is the focus of the Utilitarian approach?

The best action is the one that provides the greatest good for the greatest number


Who is associated with the Rights approach?



What question should we ask when making a moral decision based on the Rights approach?

Does the action respect the moral rights of everyone?


Who is associated with the Fairness approach?



Who is associated with the Common-Good approach?

Ancient - Plato, Aristotle, Cicero
More recent - Rawls


What are the 5 ethical decision making models (EDMM)?

- May (1980)
- Rest (1984)
- Gottleib (1986)
- 8 step Koocher and Keith-Spiegel


What are May's 5 questions?

1. What is going on in the case
2. By what criteria should decisions be made?
3. Who should decide?
4. For whose benefit does the professional act?
5. How should the professional decide and act?


What are the 4 psychological processes that make up the Rest model?

1. Moral sensitivity/awareness
2. Moral judgement/evaluation
3. Moral motivation/intention
4. Moral character/action


What are Gottlieb's 3 dimensions?

1. Power
2. Duration of relationship
3. Clarity of termination


What are the 6 steps in ReFLECT?

Re - Recognise a potential issue
F - Find relevant information
L - Liaise and consult
E - Evaluate the options
C - Come to a decision
T - Take time to reflect


What is the 8-step Koocher and Keith-Spiegel (2008) model?

1. Decide whether the problem is an ethical one
2. Consult relevant codes, guidelines and laws
3. Identify factors/traps which could influence the decision (eg: objectivity, values, personal characteristics, culture)
4. Consult with experienced colleagues
5. Evaluate the rights/vulnerabilities/responsibilities of all parties involved
6. Generate a range of possible actions
7. Determine the possible consequences of each action
8. Decide and act accordingly


What are the 3 most predominant schemas amongst mental health professionals?

- Unrelenting standards
- Self-sacrifice
- Entitlement