“Human Rights and Critical Ethical Thinking at The Heart of Everything We Do”


For the British Psychological Society, Peter Kinderman writes:

“Psychology cannot claim the ethical moral high-ground. We have seen psychologists complicit in the eugenics movement and in the misuse of IQ testing. We have not been able to prevent unacceptable, inhuman and degrading mental health care and more recently our discipline has faced difficult questions around involvement in torture. We also have our fair share of difficult issues to face around our responsibility for research misconduct. We need to continue our efforts to support ‘open science’ and to ensure that psychological evidence is used effectively and ethically to shape public policy. It is important that we are present at these debates, and even more important that an appreciation of, and support for, both fundamental human rights and critical ethical thinking – our values – are at the heart of everything we do.”

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