Ethical Standards



Personalityassessment and self-report inventories are tests in psychology thathave been used widely in recent times. This has also led to increasein their misuse and abuse. This paper discusses a few of personal,legal, and social considerations associated with ethics. Theseinclude personality considerations and self-report inventory. The twoare related with personality tests, and one major concern is that aperson that undergoes testing tends to reveal certain things,unknowingly about themselves, which is invasion of privacy. Forinstance, a person who studies tendencies of aggression could beinvolved with screening his or her potential applicants with theintention of stealing.

To begin withpersonality assessment, individuals involve with this should be givencomplete description of the language and the entire assessment foreasy understanding without having to alter the assessment results(Carducci, 2009). To deal with these ethical considerations, whichinvolve techniques of personality assessment, procedural practicesshould be done by use of these techniques. Confidentiality issueswith have to function with the access of information obtained mainlyfor personality assessment. To uphold the issue of confidentiality,persons should be told beforehand the way in which the results willbe handled (Carducci, 2009). This means that, only those people, withwhom the assessment results directly impact them, will be allowed tohave access to them.

Legal considerations, whether incorporated in the military,industry, or university, personality in such scenarios will not beused. This is taken seriously, especially if the proceduralassessment tends to alienate against specific individuals within agroup (Carducci, 2009). For example, individuals from minority groupsscore lower, for example in a management assessment tests than thosefrom the Caucasian origin. This is because of the cultural norms,which tend to dictate input before considerations are made. Socialconcerns from personality considerations, which involve assessmenttechniques is regarded as labelling. These concerns originate fromwhat could happen when an individual is placed with a negative labelbased on the results recorded from the techniques (Carducci, 2009). Since individuals could begin to handle others differently, one maycome to internalize eventually the idea of being mistreated, andwould begin to reveal negative behaviors. But how does personalityassessment relate with self-report inventories?

A self-reportinventory refers to a kind of personality test, which is often usedwith personality assessment. The kind of a test is frequentlypresented in a paper and pencil format. It may also be presented on acomputer. This type of personality test presents a number ofstatements or questions that could or could not describe somecharacteristics or qualities of the subject test. There is a highchance that one may have taken a self-report inventory in the past.These kinds of inventories are often seen with the doctors or in thedoctors’ offices, in market surveys, or in online personalityassessment test (Carducci, 2009). This inventory could be used toassess individual tests by considering an individual currentbehavior, from the past to the present before determining his or herethics in hypothetical situations.

In conclusion,one major problem with a self-inventory when related with ethicalconsiderations, is that patients are not ethically sober whenexaggerating their symptoms. Therefore, self-report inventory shouldonly be used during the measurements of changes in symptoms. Theinventory should also not be used to measure diagnosis of a disorder(Carducci, 2009). With ethical considerations, its problems shouldnot be thought to be as a result of test and labels assessment, butby the way in which individuals are aware of such tests and labels.


Carducci, B. J. (2009). The psychology of personality: Viewpoints,research, and applications. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.