Human Rights, Ethical Principles, and Standards in Forensic Psychology

Ward, Tony and Gannon, Theresa A. and Vess, James (2008) Human Rights, Ethical Principles, and Standards in Forensic Psychology. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 53 (2). pp. 126-144. ISSN 0306-624X. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1177/0306624X07313986) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Human rights create a protective zone around persons and allow them the opportunity to further their valued personal projects without interference from others. This article considers the relationship between human rights and the general ethical principles and standards contained in the American Psychological Association's (APA's) code of ethics as applied to the forensic domain. First, it analyzes the concept of human rights, their structure, and their justification. Second, it briefly describes the APA's most recent code of ethics and the principles and standards that compose it. Third, it concludes by explicitly examining the relationship between the present human rights model and the APA's code, demonstrating how it is able to provide an additional ethical resource for forensic practitioners in their clinical work and so deepen their ethical sensibilities and decision making. Finally, the article presents a case study and discusses the human rights issues confronting practitioners inherent in such situations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: ethical code, human rights, offenders
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Centre of Research & Education in Forensic Psychology
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Theresa Gannon
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2013 13:06 UTC
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 17:03 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/35114 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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