International Journal of Psychological Research (Jan 2016)

Percived ethical misconduct: a survey of Neuropsychology professionals in Mexico

  • Paola Fonseca,
  • Laiene Olabarrieta-Landa,
  • Ivan Panyavin,
  • Xóchitl Angélica Ortiz Jiménez,
  • Adriana Aguayo Arelis,
  • Brenda Viridiana Rabago Barajas,
  • Yaneth Rodriguez Agudelo,
  • Juan Carlos Arango Lasprilla

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 9, no. 1
pp. 64 – 71


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Objective: To evaluate the frequency of perceived ethical misconduct in the practice of neuropsychology in Mexico. Method: One hundred fourteen psychologists answered a survey which assessed perceptions of ethical misconduct in four areas of professional practice in the field of neuropsychology. Results: The area of professional training contained the highest percentage of perception of ethical misconduct, followed by research and publications, clinical care, and professional relationships. Conclusion: The high frequency of ethical misconduct perceived by neuropsychology professionals in Mexico is a cause for concern. The results suggest the need to create and implement a system to make sure that professionals follow the ethics standards required by the profession, and to provide consequences for those who fail to do so. The profession of neuropsychology and training of professionals in the field must be regularized in the country, to reduce the frequency of future ethical misconducts.