31. The Evolution of Ethics in Psychology

Going International and Global

  1. Paul R. Martin3,
  2. Fanny M. Cheung BA PhD4,
  3. Michael C. Knowles MCom (Qld), PhD (Edin)5,
  4. Michael Kyrios6,
  5. J. Bruce Overmier7 and
  6. José M. Prieto8
  1. Janel Gauthier PhD1 and
  2. Jean L. Pettifor BA, BEd, MA, MEd, PhD2

Published Online: 20 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444395150.ch31

IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology

IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology

How to Cite

Gauthier, J. and Pettifor, J. L. (2011) The Evolution of Ethics in Psychology, in IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology (eds P. R. Martin, F. M. Cheung, M. C. Knowles, M. Kyrios, J. B. Overmier and J. M. Prieto), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444395150.ch31

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Griffith University, Queensland, Australia

  2. 4

    Chinese University of Hong Kong

  3. 5

    Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

  4. 6

    Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

  5. 7

    University of Minnesota, USA

  6. 8

    Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

Author Information

  1. 1

    Laval University, Canada

  2. 2

    Athabasca University, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 1 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405193313

Online ISBN: 9781444395150



  • evolution of ethics in psychology - going international and global;
  • psychologists, living in a globalizing world - traditional boundaries fading, working with persons from diverse cultural backgrounds;
  • ethics, at the core of psychology - a scientific discipline, profession providing services to the public;
  • codes, determining desired professional and societal behaviors - since antiquity;
  • development of EFPA Meta-Code of Ethics - how a regional association of psychologists with members from different countries, promotes common high standards for ethical practice;
  • international development - interest of international psychology organizations, guidance regarding ethical conduct of psychologists, being not new;
  • ethics documents in psychology - becoming international and more global;
  • ethics research in psychology - significant ethics research in psychology, from an international perspective;
  • research, providing international perspective on ethics in psychology - small, currently gaining momentum;
  • psychology's role as agent of social change - and social justice on an international and global level.


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Ethics Documents in Psychology: Regional and International Development

  • Ethics Research in Psychology: Review from an International Perspective

  • Conclusion

  • References