Ethical Case Study

Ethical Case Study


Write a 5 page ethical analysis of a selected case study, based on the application of psychological principles and best practices.

By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:


In this assessment, you will demonstrate your understanding of ethical standards and behaviors. As you apply this understanding to your professional practice and problem solving in real-world contexts, you will continue to develop an understanding of ethics in psychology and sharpen your critical thinking skills. From an understanding of how to evaluate the ideas of others, you will develop a foundation for how to consider multiple perspectives on an issue and formulate an opinion based on the evaluation of their reasoning.

Ethics is generally defined as a system of moral principles—the rules that guide us in life, love, and work. While most reasonable people can agree on what constitutes ethical behavior, not every situation can be deemed right or wrong, black or white. Sometimes an ethical dilemma is painted in shades of grey—where the choice is not as easy and straightforward as we might like it to be.


Required Resource

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Suggested Resources

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Library Resources

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Course Library Guide

The University library guide has been created specifically for your use in this course. You are encouraged to refer to the resources in the Psychology Capstone Project Library Guide to help direct your research.

Internet Resource

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  • American Psychological Association. (2014). Ethical principles of psychologists and code of conduct. Retrieved from
    • To gain an understanding of the principles that guide psychologists, you may review the following principles:
      • Principle A: Beneficence and nonmaleficence.
      • Principle B: Fidelity and responsibility.
      • Principle C: Integrity.
      • Principle D: Justice.
      • Principle E: Respect for people’s rights and dignity.
    • Assessment Instructions

Select one of the cases from the Ethical Case Studies media piece. This media piece is linked in Resources under the Required Resources heading.

Using your selected case study, construct an ethical analysis based on the application of psychological principles and best practices. In this analysis, complete the following:

  • Summarize the ethical issue involved.
  • Consider and describe alternatives for resolving the ethical dilemma, including possible ramifications for each alternative.
  • Decide on a course of action.
  • Explain your position and support your argument, that is, provide a persuasive argument to resolve the ethical dilemma and justify your course of action. Make sure you support your argument with current research (research within the past decade).
  • Summarize your position and provide a conclusion.

Additional Requirements

Your paper should meet the following requirements:

  • Written communication:Written communication is free of errors that detract from the overall message.
  • APA formatting:Resources and citations are formatted according to APA sixth edition style and formatting.
  • Number of resources:Use a minimum of three (3) academic resources.
  • Length:Submission includes 5 pages typed, double-spaced pages.
  • Font and font size:Times New Roman, 12 point.