The first edition of this popular casebook reflected the complexities and increasing litigiousness of the modern workplace and was designed to stimulate thought and discussion about ethical practice in industrial and organizational psychology. Since the book was published, the APA Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct for Psychologists has been revised and contains new material of particular relevance to organizational consultants.

This second edition of the book has been updated to reflect the provisions of the new code. Illustrated by case examples based on real-life situations, this volume covers personnel selection, organizational diagnosis and intervention, consulting relationships, research and academic issues, professional training and certification, billing and marketing, and the ethics of professional behavior.

The Ethical Practice of Psychology in Organizations makes ethical thinking come alive and belongs on the bookshelf of every I/O psychologist, human resource professional, and graduate student in I/O and business programs.

Part of the Division 14, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) series.

Table of Contents


—Leaetta M. Hough



Part I. Personnel Selection

  1. Assessment Techniques
  2. Validation Efforts With Small Sample Sizes
  3. Test Validation Strategies
  4. Avoiding Potential Misuse of Assessment Procedures
  5. Mis-Keyed Test Items on Commercially Marketed Tests
  6. Personnel Screening for Emotional Stability
  7. A Spiritual Matter
  8. Misleading Reporting of Results
  9. "Realistic Job Previews" and the Selection of Female Employees
  10. Developing International Selection Systems
  11. Assessment Center Records
  12. Maintaining Confidentiality and Objectivity
  13. The Right Not to Participate in Selection Activities

Part II. Organizational Diagnosis and Intervention

  1. Layoff Notifications
  2. Survey Reveals Sexual Harassment
  3. The Ethical Costs of Implementing New Technology
  4. Using Electronic Mail for Providing Confidential Feedback
  5. Maintaining Confidentiality in Survey Reporting
  6. Implementing an Equitable Bonus Plan
  7. Conflicting Obligations in Survey Research
  8. Protecting the Confidentiality of Upward Feedback
  9. Misuse of Psychological Services
  10. Confidentiality of Interview Data
  11. Team-Building Interventions
  12. Misuse of Employee Opinion Surveys to Prevent Unionization
  13. Sharing of Management Development Results
  14. Disposition of Psychological Reports

Part III. Managing Consulting Relationships

  1. Avoiding Conflicts of Interests and Roles
  2. Accurately Reporting Research Results
  3. Recording Data Without Consent
  4. Misuse of Data Obtained Through a Consulting Engagement
  5. Avoiding Dual Relationships
  6. Pressures to Implement Psychological Programs Too Soon
  7. Confidentiality of Employee Assistance Program Referrals

Part IV. Research and Academic Issues

  1. Research Responsibilities
  2. The Ethics of Reviewing and of Being Reviewed
  3. Honoring Agreements in Data Collection and Usage
  4. Use of Copyrighted Material in New Instrumentation
  5. Authorship and Publication Agreements
  6. Publication Credit
  7. Fairness in Book Reviews
  8. Confidentiality and Objectivity in Reviews
  9. When Testimony Would Be Compelled
  10. Reporting Data from Research Studies

Part V. Professional Training and Certification Issues

  1. Training Requirements in I/O Psychology
  2. Practice of I/O Psychology by a Clinical Psychologist
  3. Licensing and Credentialing

Part VI. Billing and Marketing Issues

  1. Questions of Billing, Competence, and Supervision
  2. Accurately and Honestly Marketing Psychological Products
  3. Public Statements and Advertising
  4. Breaking Confidentiality in Public Statements

Part VII. The Ethics of Professional Behavior

  1. Responding to Allegations of Misconduct
  2. The Ethics of Voluntary Professional Activities
  3. Professional and Scientific Responsibility in Forensic Activities
  4. A Change of Career Direction
  5. Plagiarizing
  6. Evaluating Colleagues' Competencies
  7. Confronting Unethical Behavior
  8. Betraying a Confidence
  9. Psychologists as Employers of Other Psychologists
  10. When Romance Fails


Appendix: Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct


Selected Bibliography


Index of APA Ethical Standards Citations

About the Editor