Saddam Hussein is “dangerous to the extreme”: The ethics of professional commentary on public figures.

Academic Article


  • People are intrinsically interested in the personalities of public figures such as the celebrities they follow, political leaders, and citizens at the center of newsworthy events. The goal of the present article is to examine the key issues that surround ethical commentary on public figures by psychologists, psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals. Public commentaries carry with them a host of issues from representing a given discipline such as psychology well, to potentially harming an individual who is discussed, to furthering public education about personality and mental health issues. For this reason such commentary deserves special consideration as to when and how it is appropriate to carry out. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract)
  • Publication Date

  • 2012
  • Published In


  • 8.3 Policy, ethics and research governance
  • Mental Health
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Start Page

  • 3
  • End Page

  • 22
  • Volume

  • 1
  • Issue

  • 1