Ethical Issues in Psychology Past Papers


Subject: Ethical Issues in Psychology

Time Allowed: 10 Minutes

Maximum Marks: 10

NOTE: Attempt this Paper on this Question Sheet only. Please encircle the correct option. Division of marks is given in front of each question. This Paper will be collected back after expiry of time limit mentioned above.


Part-I  Encircle the correct option, cutting and overwriting is not allowed. (10)

1. The aim(s) of ethical codes by which psychological researchers operate?
a. Protection of participants from distress. b. Protection of the researcher from the harm.
c. Protection of organizations involved in research from legal consequences.
d. All the above.
2. The number of general principles in APA Code of Conduct.
a. Three b. Five
c. Seven d. Nine

3. You have been working with a couple in marital therapy for four months, with slow but notable progress. After a session one day, the wife pulls you aside and asks to make some individual appointments with you. You should:
a. Refer her to another therapist. b. Wait until the completion of marital therapy and then see her individually.
c. Terminate with the couple and see the woman individually. d. Encourage her to discuss any relevant issues within the context of marital therapy.
4. Informed consent from a client:
a. Must always be in writing. b. Must always be in writing and in the client’s native language.
c. May be either verbal or in writing. d. May be either verbal or in writing but must be documented.
5. The right of both the provider and consumer to make choices and act, provided that the results do not affect others, is the ethical principle of:
a. Patience b. Autonomy
c. Beneficence d. Justice
6. Limits to confidentiality:
a. Need to discuss helping experiences with supervisor b. Intent to harm self or others needs to be reported
c. Theft d. None of these
7. In which year APA for the very first time published ethical standards for psychologists?
a. 1952 b. 1953
c. 1954 d. 1955
8. When to protect human participants in research?
a. Data is collected without obtaining personal information. b. informed consent is not required.
c. Behavior is observed in public domain. d. More than minimal risk is present.
9. What does APA ethical guideline say regarding duplicate publication of the data?
a. Psychologists do not publish the data that has been published before in any case.
b. Psychologist may publish the data that has been published before with permission and proper acknowledgement.
c. Psychologist may publish the data that has been previously published without permission and acknowledgment.
d. All the above.
10. Identify the term that refers to a post study interview in which all aspects of the study are revealed, reasons for the use of deception are given, and the participants questions are answered?
a. Desensitizing b. Debriefing
c. Deploying d. Deception


Subject: Ethical Issues in Psychology

Time Allowed: 2 Hours 45 Minutes

Maximum Marks: 50



Part-II Give short answer, each answer carries equal marks. (20)

Q#1: What do you know about the conflict between ethics and organizational demand?

Q#2: Name all five ethical principles mention in APA code of conduct. Define one of them.

Q#3: What are the conditions of breaching confidentiality?

Q#4: How psychologists can maintain their competence?

Q#5: What are the ethical issues regarding sexual harassment?.


Part-III Give detailed answer, each answer carries equal marks. (30)

Q#1: Explain the principle of fidelity and responsibility.

Q#2: How ethical issues are resolved?

Q#3: Write a detailed note on the historical development of Code of Ethics of American Psychological Association.

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