The Ethics Code Does Not Equal Ethics: A Response to O’Donohue

Samuel Knapp, Michael C. Gottlieb, Mitchell M. Handelsman

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2 Scopus citations


O’Donohue has identified 37 criticisms of the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (Ethics Code), although many of his criticisms go far beyond what is found written in the APA Ethics Code, to include the process of adjudicating ethics complaints by the American Psychological Association Ethics Committee, and the process by which the Ethics Code was developed. The authors claim that a major shortcoming of O’Donohue’s article is that he adopted an unrealistically expansive role for the Ethics Code that was not clearly linked to furthering the goals of the ethics code revision.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)303-309
Number of pages7
JournalEthics and Behavior
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 18 2020


  • APA Ethics Code
  • Ethics
  • Ethics Education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • General Psychology


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