ERIC Number: ED382385
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Researching Street Children: Methodological and Ethical Issues.
Hutz, Claudio S.; And Others
This paper describes the ethical and methodological problems associated with studying prosocial moral reasoning of street children and children of low and high SES living with their families, and problems associated with studying sexual attitudes and behavior of street children and their knowledge of sexually transmitted diseases, especially AIDS. Methodological issues that posed problems included sampling and the conditions of data collection. Data collection was problematic because of a short attention span of the children, lack of privacy, and the use of drugs by the children. The two major ethical problems involved in the study of street children are: informed consent and the use of information. Since it is not possible to secure informed consent from the parents, precautions are taken to determine that research involves minimal risk and the consent of the subjects is always secured. Information concerning past physical or sexual abuse, stealing, use of alcohol and drugs, and sexual activity is not reported to authorities. However, not divulging information about criminal activity can constitute being an accomplice to crime. This situation requires clear guidelines. Recommendations include the need for devising methods and guidelines that will allow the conduct of sound and ethical research. Contains 16 references. (BAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Informed Consent; Street Children
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (61st, Indianapolis, IN, March 30-April 2, 1995).