Ethical issues of using psychological knowledge in the proceedings of the non-procedural forms



The article discusses the main ethical problems arising from the use of psychological knowledge in the criminal and civil proceedings in the form of non-procedural. Showing legal environment conducive to violations of ethics of psychological research reference and advisory nature: equality of the parties, the right of lawyers to draw on contractual basis to clarify issues related to the provision of legal aid. Reveals the main subjective factors of psychological research ethics violations: low level of professional competence psychologist, ignoring the principles of independence, objectivity, confidentiality. Suggests ways of overcoming the ethical issues - in the process of formation of graduate and postgraduate education of ethical competence, implementation of certain algorithms psychologist interaction with the side of a criminal or civil process - customer psychological services. It is proposed to consolidate legislation or regulations regulating certain kinds of non-procedural forms of use of psychological knowledge in the proceedings.

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Keywords: ethical issues, expertise, reference and advisory activities psychologist, professional competence, independence and privacy.

Journal rubric: Methodological Problems of Legal Psychology

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Safuanov F.S. Ethical issues of using psychological knowledge in the proceedings of the non-procedural forms [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psikhologiya i pravo = Psychology and Law, 2014. Vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 79–87. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Farit S. Safuanov, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Head of Chair of Clinical and Forensic Psychology, Department of Legal Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Head of the Laboratory of Psychology, Federal Medical Research Center of Psychiatry and Addiction of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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