Issues in Psychological Testing Worksheet
Using the text for this course, the University Library, the Internet, and/or other resources answer the following questions. Your response to each question should be at least 200 words in length. 1. What are at least two ethical issues associated with psychological testing? What impact do these issues have on the field of psychological testing?
Two ethical issues associated with psychological testing are confidentiality and informed consent. Confidentiality deals with keeping the patient or examinees information confidential and private. Leaking the examinee or patient’s personal information is a violation of what constitutes ethical practice because there is a trust that is built between the examiner and examinee. Informed consent deals with whether the patient or examinee is willing and knowing that they are being examined and studied. Some tests may call for an examinee not knowing that they are being examined, but it is important to allow the examinee to have the general knowledge that they are about to or currently are being examined. It is unethical to study and watch someone without their knowing that they are partaking in such as study. Without maintaining the ethical standard with confidentiality and informed consent, the field of psychological testing would lose validity and reliability. The willing participants would not be willing if they felt like their personal information was going to be compromised, not to mention improper disposal of personal information is a crime. Without informed consent, the results of the tests would be moot because the data collected could not be used in a professional way. If a participant does not willingly give his or her consent, the data collected cannot be applied to the overall results without having the results questioned and the ethics of the examiner becoming scrutinized.
2. What are at least two legal issues associated...