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ERIC Number: ED429099
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Aug
Pages: 10
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Ethical Ambiguities in Applied Research.
Kuther, Tara L.
Two ethical issues pertinent to applied research are discussed: consent and confidentiality. Informed consent is described as a hallmark of ethical research, whether in the laboratory or the applied setting. The researcher's role is to provide information that any researcher in the same situation would want to know in order to weigh the risks and benefits of participation in the research. Passive consent is considered a common practice in which parents are asked to respond only if they do not want their children to participate in a study. Ethical considerations suggest that passive consent does not meet the requirements of informed consent, but practical considerations mean that a sample acquired only through active consent may not represent the study population adequately. Another issue that is not adequately addressed by American Psychological Association standards is that of confidentiality, especially with regard to minors. Parents may have the right to information about the study participant, and there may be legal reporting requirements to which the researcher must respond. When planning research, it is necessary to anticipate problems like these and plan approaches to minimize them. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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