Moral/Ethical Problems in field of positive psychology

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Ethical Problems in the Field of Positive Psychology [Author’s name] [Institution’s name] [Professor’s name] [Course name] [Date] Ethical Problems in the Field of Positive Psychology I. Deception in Positive Psychology Whether it is positive or social, psychological research may not be as easy as it seems due to various rules of experimentation, which researchers need to make sure the study abides by.


Moreover, it raises questions regarding the experimenter’s credibility and jeopardizes his or her reputation as a professional. (Rubin, 1985) Informed consent, legality, honesty, integrity and protection of human subjects are some of the ethics that a study needs to incorporate to validate the findings. Out of all the aforementioned issues, deception of human participants have been the most frequent and controversial ethical breach in psychological research. For a study to progress smoothly, attainment of free and informed consent of the participant is essential before the clinician puts them through an experimental procedure. However, in certain circumstances, psychologists withhold information or misinform the study subjects in order to increase their compliance to the experimenter’s demands and their willingness to participate in the study. In mid-19th century; when psychological researches and theories were only gaining momentum, there had been no real division of labor in laboratory or experimental settings. As a matter of fact, the experimenter actively participated in the study along with the subjects and even recorded his or her experiences. ...
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