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At the beginning of evaluating the necessity for ethical principles it is logical to say what the term Ethics means.

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At the beginning of evaluating the necessity for ethical principles it is logical to say what the term Ethics means. Mullins (2002) suggests that "Ethics is concerned with the study of morality: practices and activities that are considered to be importantly right and wrong, together with the rules that govern those activities and the values to which those activities relate" (p148). Work psychology should be closely linked with ethical principles and should go together all the time so that everything is done properly and without harm. Arnold, Cooper and T Robertson (1998) believe that "work psychologists' activities are governed by ethical principles, many of which concern the rights and well-being of people who pay for their services and/or participate in their research" (p47). Ethical principles are very essential to be considered by work psychologists for not to put the participant under a "subject of risk". Ethical principles are a kind of regulators which define characteristics of professional status and they are an integral part of all aspects of professional life. ...read more.

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80% believed more research like Milgram's should be carried out. 75% found the experience meaningful and self-enlightening" (p242). The research showed that when debriefing is done correct then it is useful for both the researcher and the participant. It showed that an initial, superficial debriefing dramatically reduces any negative participant evaluation of the research. Another point that should be remembered is that the participant is free to decline to participate in or to withdraw from the research at any time. The participants shouldn't feel discomforted and during the research, protection from mental and physical harm should be considered. Work psychologist is essential to remember that any information obtained about participant is confidential unless agreed (Data Protection Act). According to S. Heyes "researchers will not reveal details of individuals and their behavior. Participants are never referred to by name in any report or study" (p103). The participant and researcher should agree on coding sensitive data if others have access to information about the participant. ...read more.

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They were all after a big money reward. Viewers watched after their behaviour, feelings and motions and had to choose which one stays or leaves. The one who is left at the end receives the money reward. During the show, all the participants had continuous rows, feelings of frustration and depressions but they didn't want to leave because of the money. It was their only motivator. The show lasted for half a year and after it ended, some of the participants couldn't live their normal life. The research affected their lifes. The research wasn't successful and participants were put under the subject of risk. It wasn't ethical which lead to all those results but at the same time, all the participants were volunteers, which meant that they knew what would be the consequences of it. In order for work psychologist to monitor the behaviour in a right way they must always consider the ethical principles and to what extent they are used. Not knowing them could lead to poor satisfaction, guilt, subject of risk for both the participants and the researcher. ...read more.

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