Ethical Considerations in Death Penalty Assessments
This chapter provides an ethical context for forensic mental health professionals in death penalty cases. It discusses the ethical codes applicable to psychologists and psychiatrists, both generally and in the specific contexts of forensic mental health assessments, including the “Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct,” “Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychologists,” “The Principles of Medical Ethics,” “The Principles of Medical Ethics with Annotations Especially Applicable to Psychiatry,” and “Ethics Guidelines for the Practice of Forensic Psychiatry.” This chapter also examines several key ethical considerations relevant to forensic mental health assessments conducted in capital contexts, including boundaries of competence, do no harm, informed consent, psychometric considerations, cultural fairness, and malingering.
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