Instructor`s The APA Ethics Code

The APA Ethics Code is applicable to psychologists who are part of the American Psychological Association. There are various principles included in the APA code. Among all principles, the most significant is the act of giving respect and appreciation to participants who volunteered to be part of the experiments.
Reading through the APA code of ethics, I learned that researchers have the responsibility to maintain a high degree of ethical acceptability. Recognizing the degree of risks that the study can bring to participants is essential. Risks can include either emotional or physical harm. A research that entails minimal risk signifies that participants in the experiment should not be more than any risky than one would normally expect in the individual`s daily living. Insuring high ethical practice should be the major consideration that researchers should imbibe. The manner by which the individual acts during a certain session impacts the entire research lab. In conducting the research, investigators should also establish a fair and clear agreement with the participants in order to make clear all responsibilities and obligations. Methodological prerequisite of any investigation may utilize deception or concealment when needed. When a study entails psychological or physical harm, such must be stated in the consent form. After gathering the data, the researcher should provide information to the participants about how the study went in order for the researcher to have the opportunity to eradicate any misconceptions that could have taken place. Any undesirable outcomes for the participant which occurred in the course of research should be detected and eliminated or corrected. All information must be held confidential.
With all the knowledge I learned about APA code of ethics, I realized the need to practice extra caution when conducting research. Further, when conducting research, it is important to determine the possible risks that the study can have on the participants.
References
Apa.org (2013). Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct. [online] Retrieved from: http://www.apa.org/ethics/code/index.aspx [Accessed: 9 Sep 2013].
Apa.org (2013). Ethics Office. [online] Retrieved from: http://www.apa.org/ethics/ [Accessed: 9 Sep 2013].

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