Ethical concerns

Keith has been asked to conduct a psychological evaluation on an adolescent female. Her teachers and parents are concerned that her grades have been dropping and she has been acting out.

Keith is short on time and needs to complete his assessment quickly. He likes using the MMPI-A and decides to send a protocol home for the girl to complete.  Once she returns it, he’ll score it and determine if the girl’s personality is somehow influencing her grades and behavior changes.

Refer to the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct Standard 9 on Assessment (APA, 2010).

  • What ethical concerns does Keith need to consider?
  • As Keith’s colleague, what advice can you give him based on what you have learned about psychological assessment?



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Psychologists owe the society scientific and professional responsibilities. At the same time they are also responsible for clients. As a result of this, they are required to uphold professional conduct and standards as they go on with their duties (Weiner, 2003). However, Keith is going against this principle while dealing with his client, who is an adolescent female. While dealing with this client Keith feels that he is short of time, hence having to come up with a way of carrying out the assessment in a quick manner …

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