ERIC Number: ED375341
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Aug
Academic Psychologists' Responses to Unethical Behavior in Colleagues: A Survey.
Gibbs, Margaret; And Others
Concern about ethics in science is growing. This survey investigated academic psychologists' awareness of unethical behavior within their profession. Researchers mailed surveys to 500 randomly selected academic psychologists. Of the 158 completed questionnaires, 44 respondents were female, 101 were male, and 13 did not identify their gender. The survey asked whether or not these academics were aware of unethical behavior in their colleagues, and, if so, what they had done about it. Unethical behaviors were divided into faculty-student boundaries, unethical research, misrepresentation of credentials or misuse of academic position, and unethical teaching. Incidents of boundary violations between faculty and students, including violations of sexual boundaries, were reported most frequently. Fifty-four percent reported that they had overheard colleagues insult and ridicule students and 52 percent noted that they had evidence that a colleague had become sexually involved with a student. For most of the ethical infractions, over half of the respondents took no appropriate action. Respondents took more serious action against colleagues who either sexually harassed students or who taught while impaired by alcohol. Results indicate that boundary issues, whether or not they specifically involve sexual behavior, appear to be problematic for many psychologists. Two tables list the percentage responses to each survey question. (RJM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (101st, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 20-24, 1993).