n Koers : Bulletin for Christian Scholarship = Koers : Bulletin vir Christelike Wetenskap - Ethical decision-making in forensic psychology




The purpose of this article is to develop a comprehensive process for identifying and addressing primarily ethical issues related to the psychology profession in South Africa. In fulfilling this purpose, research was conducted of relevant ethical and to a lesser extent, legal aspects pertaining to the psychology profession. In an attempt to prevent unprofessional conduct claims against psychologists from succeeding and to alert psychologists to the concurrent ethical problems that may lead to malpractice suits, this article offers material on some important issues - in the context of forensic psychology - such as ethical decision-making and principles, professional ethics, the regulation of psychology as a profession, the Ethical Code of Professional Conduct to which a psychologist should adhere, ethical aspects and issues pertaining to forensic psychology in general, some ethical issues pertaining to child forensic psychology, summary guidelines for ethical decision-making and some steps to follow to ensure sound ethical decisionmaking.

Die doel van hierdie artikel is om 'n proses te ontwikkel waardeur etiese kwessies met betrekking tot die sielkundeprofessie in Suid-Afrika geïdentifiseer en hanteer kan word. Om hierdie doel te bereik, is navorsing gedoen oor die relevante etiese kwessies en, tot 'n mindere mate, die regskwessies met betrekking tot die sielkundeprofessie. In 'n poging om te verhoed dat onprofessionele gedragseise teen sielkundiges slaag en om sielkundiges te waarsku oor etiese probleme wat mag lei tot eise teen hulle, bied hierdie artikel inligting oor belangrike kwessies in die konteks van forensiese sielkunde, naamlik etiese besluitneming en beginsels, professionele etiek, die regulering van die sielkundeprofessie, die Etiese Kode waaraan sielkundiges moet voldoen, aspekte en kwessies met betrekking tot forensiese sielkunde in die algemeen, sommige etiese kwessies met betrekking tot kindersielkunde, opsommende riglyne vir etiese besluitneming en stappe om te volg om etiese besluitneming te verseker.


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