Psychologists' practices in obtaining informed consent
Bristow, V. Lynn
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The degree and extent of the use of informed consent by licensed and practicing psychologists was explored via random sampling of 150 psychologists licensed in the State of Missouri. Those sampled received a questionnaire about the type of informed consent they employed, with query about the number of journals or journal articles they read per month. Participants were asked whether written informed consent (WIC) or verbal informed consent (VIC) was used in their practice, and whether the consent information was discussed prior to beginning the therapeutic process. The results showed that the majority of practicing psychologists use a WIC form in conjunction with verbal discussion about the form prior to beginning the therapeutic process. While the majority of psychologists read one journal article or more per month, there was no significant relationship between the number of journal articles read, and how thorough the use of informed consent was.