2004 Volume 12 Issue 2 Pages 90-105
The Japan Society of Personality Psychology has been examining ethics in the field of personality psychology through activities of its special committee on ethical issues concerning psychological research. The committee surveyed attitudes concerning research ethics, and obtained responses by 262 psychological researchers and 59 undergraduates of psychology majors. Opinion distributions on 52 ethical issues, along with the comparison between researchers and students, suggested that positions in ethical judgment ranged widely, and researchers were generally more lenient than students. Analysis revealed differences in ethical attitudes among psychologists: fields of psychology, research methodology regularly used, gender, and length of experience influenced their basic as well as specific ethical attitudes. Results suggested that researchers tended to be more lenient toward the issues that were relevant to the conduct of their own studies, and tended to be strict concerning the issues less related to their research. These results should provide important references and suggestions to psychologists of all fields.