British Psychological Society issued revised ethical principles in June
1990. In the conduct of
their research, psychologists should always consider the following;
Consent; Have the subjects of the study
made an informed consent to take part?
Have the parents of child subjects given informed consent to the
research procedures? Have
payments been used to induce risk taking behaviour?
Deception; Have the subjects been
deceived? Was there any
other way to carry out the study other than by using deception?
Have the procedures been approved by other psychologists?
Debriefing; Have the subjects been
effectively debriefed? Has
any stress caused by the procedures been removed?
Withdrawal from the investigation; Are
the subjects clear that they can withdraw from the study
at any time without penalty or scorn?
Confidentiality; Participants in
psychological research have the right to expect that information they
provide will be treated confidentially.
Protection of participants;
Investigators must protect participants from physical and mental harm
during the investigation.
Observational research; Unless the
participants give the consent to being observed, observational research
must only take place where those observed could normally be expected to
be observed by strangers.
Giving advice; Psychological advice
must only be given if the psychologist is qualified in the area that the
advice is requested in.
Colleagues; Psychologists should take
action if they believe that any of the above principles are being
violated by a colleague.