Consideration of idiographic data

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Published in: The ethical practice of forensic psychology: A casebook, 2017.


This is a timely book as it is the first ethics casebook to be published since the revised Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychology appeared in 2013. This book also highlights the ethical standards and guidelines comprising the American Psychological Association's Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct. The editors correctly note, however, that regulations, laws, and ethical standards are not definitive with respect to what is or what is not ethical behavior. They can provide a foundation for ethical responses to situations, but the application of guidelines requires practitioners to appreciate how they might be applied (or, in some cases, not be applied) to novel ethical situations. Often, there are no easy or straightforward answers, so it is in this application that this book will be useful in providing practitioners with a framework for responding to the many ethical dilemmas they will face in their practice.