The American Psychological Association has an Ethics Code that applies to psychologists’ actions that are components of scientific and professional roles, and that are intended to provide regulation that can be used by APA and others who choose to implement them. The General Principles, in contrast with Ethical Standards, are ideally inspirational. The Principles in APA, as they are set, have a clear outline of inclusiveness of Christian teachings based on the religion and spirituality.
Beneficence and non-Maleficence Principles and Respect for People’s Rights and Dignity Principle: The principles concern taking care of those who work with the psychologists and safeguarding their welfare and rights, along with recognition of people’s culture, religion, gender, and age, among others. According to the Christian teachings, individuals should “love one another as they love themselves”, a principle that is much similar to the principles.
Fidelity and Responsibility Principle and Integrity Principle: Psychologists create relationships of confidence in the midst of whom they provide services to and they are aware of the responsibility and role they have on the society. They should provide their optimum services for the patients’ best interests. The principles promote precision and honesty and condemn stealing, fraud, and wrong misrepresentations of facts. Christian teachings state that no one should think more highly about him/herself than is necessary. The teachings also condemn engagement in practices of theft and fraud. This implies that everyone should be his brother’s keeper to ensure the satisfaction of the principles.
Justice Principle: This principle states that all people should enjoy the advantages from the input of psychology in equal measures, through its processes and procedures. Psychologists are also bound to exercise reasonable judgment, and their know-how should not influence of lead to unmerited practices. Christian teachings stipulate the laws and procedures to be followed in order to arrive at complete honor for the authorities.
Religious teachings are important factors to consider in designing general principles as they offer guidance on the way to handle and approach current and emergent issues in the society.