1st Edition

Handbook of International Psychology Ethics Codes and Commentary from Around the World

Edited By Karen L. Parsonson Copyright 2021
    290 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    290 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Handbook of International Psychology Ethics discusses the most central, guiding principles of practice for mental health professionals around the world. For researchers, practicing mental health professionals, and students alike, the book provides a window into the values and belief systems of cultures worldwide. Chapters cover ethics codes from psychological associations and societies on five continents, translating each code into English and discussing vital questions around how the code is put into practice, what it means to association members and society at large, as well as how the code was developed within its unique historical, political, and cultural context.

    Chapter 1: Understanding Psychology’s Ethics Codes from an International Perspective: The Importance of Non-Ethnocentric Appreciation and Comparisons

    Karen L. Parsonson

    Part 1: African Countries: Nigeria and Zambia

    Chapter 2: Development of Nigeria’s Code of Ethics for Psychology

    Gboyega E. Abikoye, Michael O. Ezenwa, and Andrew E. Zamani

    Chapter 3: Code of Ethics for Psychology Research and Practice in Zambia

    D. Nabuzoka, J. Folotiya, and J. A. Menon

    Part 2: Asian Countries: Indonesia and Singapore

    Chapter 4: The Indonesian Code of Conduct

    Yusti Probowati and Maria G. Adiyanti

    Chapter 5: The Singapore Psychological Society Code of Ethics: The Beginning, the Current, and the Future

    Lohsnah Jeevanandam and Adrian Toh

    Part 3: Australasian Countries: Australia and New Zealand

    Chapter 6: The Australian Code of Ethics

    Alfred Allan

    Chapter 7: The Code of Ethics for Psychologists Working in Aotearoa New Zealand

    John Fitzgerald

    Part 4: European Countries: Hungary, Slovenia and The UK

    Chapter 8: The First "Half of Hundred" Years of the Hungarian Psychologists' Ethics Code

    Judit Szimethné Galaczi, Éva Kovácsné Vajger, Ibolya Oláh

    Chapter 9: Ethics for Psychologists in Slovenia

    Vita Poštuvan

    Chapter 10: Professional Identity, Behaviour and Values: A Partial and Provocative History of the Code of Ethics of the British Psychological Society

    Richard Kwiatkowski and Claire Jackson

    Chapter 11: The Development of the European Federation of Psychologists Associations’ Meta-Code of Ethics

    Geoff Lindsay

    Part 5: South and Central American Countries: Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Venezuela

    Chapter 12: Professional Code of Ethics: College of Psychologists of Chile

    Sergio Lucero Conus

    Chapter 13: The Colombian Psychological Code of Ethics and Bioethics: A Historical Perspective

    Paulo Daniel Acero Rodríguez and Rubén Ardila

    Chapter 14: A History of the Development of the Code of Ethics in Guatemala

    Ana Maria Jurado

    Chapter 15: Psychological Ethics in Venezuela: Past, Present, and Future

    Juan Carlos Canga Linares

    Chapter 16: The Universal Declaration of Ethical Principles for Psychologists

    Karen L. Parsonson

    Chapter 17: An Overview of Findings, Non-Ethnocentric Comparisons, Conclusions and Implications

    Karen L. Parsonson


    Karen L. Parsonson, PhD, is the director of the graduate forensic psychology program and assistant professor of psychology at the University of Houston Victoria. Her research encompasses ethics, forensics, and cross-cultural studies. Formerly a practicing clinical and forensic psychologist for over 25 years, she was also an expert witness for many years. As a clinical hypnotherapist, she was president of the Canadian Federation of Clinical Hypnosis-Alberta Division, teaching clinical hypnosis to healthcare professionals for many years. She has published numerous self-help books, novels, and scholarly articles.

    "Codes of ethics establish a covenant between a given profession and the public that it serves. As revealed in this book, there are universal aspects of psychology codes of ethics, but also culturally necessary inflections and variations. This impressive and well-written volume documents a global and non-ethnocentric understanding and appreciation of ethics for the profession of psychology and is an essential resource for anyone with an interest in the profession of psychology, or the desire to understand ethical models for professions." Keith S. Dobson, PhD, professor of clinical psychology, University of Calgary, Canada 

    "This book presents a remarkable worldwide comparison of psychology ethics codes with a never seen before characteristic: listening to local voices describing and analyzing their ethics codes in their own terms. The thorough analysis of the impact of the Universal Declaration of Ethical Principles for Psychologists further enhances the text’s value. This book is one of a kind and a full demonstration of how non-ethnocentric research can enrich ethics in psychology, which makes a great contribution to the whole discipline." Dr. Andrea Ferrero, professor and researcher, Universidad Nacional de San Luis, Argentina

    "This handbook is a remarkable contribution to the literature on professional ethics. It underscores the importance of viewing ethics codes as situated locally in culture and other contexts. The handbook features chapters by experts the world over on the development, implementation, impact, and cultural and contextual relevance of their country’s ethics code. It adopts an idiographic approach to comparing ethics codes, deriving common and distinctive elements rather than ethnocentrically imposing them. This perspectival analysis has profound implications for the growing number of psychologists working transnationally and for training psychologically literate, culturally competent, and globally acculturated psychologists." Michael Stevens, PhD, DHC, LHD, The Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Romania, and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, USA