Chapter 12. Decision Making

  1. Ronald D. Francis

Published Online: 6 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444306514.ch12

Ethics for Psychologists, Second Edition

Ethics for Psychologists, Second Edition

How to Cite

Francis, R. D. (2009) Decision Making, in Ethics for Psychologists, Second Edition, BPS Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444306514.ch12

Author Information

  1. Monash University, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 7 AUG 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405188784

Online ISBN: 9781444306514



  • decision making;
  • difficulties in ethics - area in which there is no right or wrong answer;
  • dilemma identification and resolution;
  • testing case against key principle;
  • principles of case resolution;
  • seeming breach of code and invoking code;
  • decision-making issues;
  • constructive look at ethical problem;
  • common ethical traps;
  • poly-professional addict


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Three Ways of Looking at Dilemma Identification and Resolution

  • Principles of Case Resolution

  • Common Ethical Traps

  • The Over-Reach of Ethics

  • Safeguard and Responsibility: Two General Categories

  • Disposition of Cases

  • Malicious Complaints

  • The Anonymous Complainant

  • The Poly-Professional Addict

  • Economics of Ethical Decision Making

  • Dealing with Dissenting Views

  • Guidance in the Case of Ethical Breaches: The Ombudsman

  • Rewards