Practicing Feminist Ethics in Psychology
For individuals in the U.S. & U.S. territories
This highly readable volume is the first to comprehensively examine how feminist values and principles illuminate ethical dilemmas commonly faced by psychologists. From a broad base of psychological practice—teaching, therapy, forensics, research, and cyberspace—the authors challenge psychologists to consider their gender and ethnic identity, their value systems, and their conception of power in their work with students, colleagues, clients, and the public. Reframing problems in ways perhaps never before considered, the book shows how a valued moral vision may be achieved through a thoughtful application of feminist principles.
Should a feminist psychologist ever testify as an expert witness on behalf of a man who admittedly batters his wife? How does a professor's expectations that her predominantly white students examine their experience of "whiteness" bring into relief both sexist and racist assumptions and the power dynamics between student and teacher? How deep is the conflict between respect for the vulnerabilities of research participants and the need for deception in psychological experiments, when considered in light of one's own personal experience with deception? While these and other ethical issues can never be resolved totally, this book provides real guidance in the context of real life. Together, the chapters help the reader to move beyond "social justice noise" to achieving social justice through ethical conduct in psychology.