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J Interpers Violence. 2014 Dec;29(18):3267-76. doi: 10.1177/0886260514534986. Epub 2014 May 28.

Research ethics and private harms.

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DePaul University, Chicago, IL, USA


This commentary addresses the emotionally powerful account of Nicole Taus Kluemper from the perspective of a psychologist familiar with the administrative operation of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the ethics of the profession. The application of the APA's Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct to the case is discussed, and alternative methods of response that researchers who have concerns about case studies might use are offered. The author concludes that existing ethical principles-the aspirational standards in particular-do bear upon the matter in question. However, the enforceable code of conduct is not sufficiently clear about obligations to those whom psychologists publicly discuss when the psychologist does not have a specific duty of care to an individual.


Taus v. Loftus; case studies; ethics

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