An exploratory study of ethical practice among psychology practitioners in KZN : a qualitative study.
Nyawose, Nozibusiso Blessed.
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The role of ethics is important in the field of psychology. Clinical psychologists often encounter ethical dilemmas that are without clear and easy answers. They may confront overwhelming needs that are unmatched by adequate resources and conflicting responsibilities that seem impossible to reconcile. Within the South African context, there is published literature on ethics and ethical codes. However, there is sparse literature on the experiences of South African psychologists in maintaining such conduct and the steps they take when faced with ethical dilemmas. The available studies do not shed light into the difficulties encountered by psychologists and their resolution of ethical dilemmas. This current study was undertaken to explore ethical practice among psychology practitioners in KZN. An interview schedule was used to elicit responses on the experiences of psychologists, their daily ethical experiences and the dilemmas that they encounter. The study identified some recurring ethical concerns and needs that were expressed by psychologists. The study also suggests some direction for further ethics training which would enable psychologists to better manage ethical dilemmas encountered in practice. It highlighted the reported inadequacies of supervision from previously experienced encounters. This was congruent with findings made by some other researchers.