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Question Description

Psychologists who use psychological assessments have an obligation to ensure they fully understand the assessment they are using. Many test publishers require anyone who may administer a psychological or psychometric test to get certified to use the assessment. Historically, the American Psychological Association provided guidelines on the educational and experience requirements for using different types of tests. However, the APA withdrew that guidance years ago. In the United States, testing is therefore unregulated. However, you have ethical obligations related to test usage.

In this Discussion, you will apply APA ethical guidelines to situations where a psychological test or measure might be used.

To prepare for this Discussion:

  • Review this week’s Learning Resources on the ethical use of psychological measures.
  • Based on the APA ethical code, and other resources you read, consider some of the key responsibilities of a test user (i.e., the psychologist using tests with clients in some form) for the ethical use of psychological measures with clients (i.e., people completing the psychological measure).
  • Keep in mind that in the practice of I/O psychology, there are typically at least three parties to the assessment: the psychologist, the respondent, and the organization for whom the psychologist, the respondent, or both may be employed.
  • Identify two I/O psychology situations (e.g., selection, coaching, or a program of research) where a psychological test or measure might be used. Consider which APA ethical guidelines you would refer to when determining whether the use of the test is ethical.

By Day 3

Briefly describe two I/O psychology situations (for example selection, coaching, or a program of research) where a psychological test or measure might be used. Then, note at least two of the APA ethical guidelines that should be considered when determining if such use is ethical.

Be sure to support your posting with specific references from the Learning Resources and other scholarly sources you found. For this Discussion post, references to online ethical resources from the APA will be considered as acceptable references.


Ercikan, K., & Lyons-Thomas, J. (2013). Adapting tests for use in other languages and cultures. In APA handbook of testing and assessment in psychology, Vol. 3: Testing and assessment in school psychology and education. (pp. 545–569). American Psychological Association. https://doi-org.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/10.1037/140…

Lowman, R. (2018). Ethical issues and standards in research and applications of industrial, work, and organizational psychology. In D. S. OnesN. Anderson & C. Viswesvaran The sage handbook of industrial, work and organizational psychology (pp. 39-51). 55 City Road, London: SAGE Publications Ltd doi: 10.4135/9781473914940.n3

Lenz, A. S., Soler, I. G., Dell’Aquilla, J., & Uribe, P. M. (2017). Translation and Cross-Cultural Adaptation of Assessments for Use in Counseling Research. Measurement & Evaluation in Counseling & Development, 50(4), 224–231. https://doi-org.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/10.1080/074…

American Psychological Association. (2017). Ethical principles of psychologists and code of conduct (2002, amended effective June 1, 2010, and January 1, 2017). http://www.apa.org/ethics/code/index.html