ERIC Number: ED435871
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
Hedgehogs, Foxes, Ethics, and the Evolving Social Contract in Psychology.
Rosnow, Ralph L.
This paper discusses the importance of ethics in psychological research. It defines the social contract between psychological science and society as the responsibility not to do psychological or physical harm to any research participants and to do beneficial research in a way that will produce valid research. Also explored are ways in which ethical issues encountered during research activities can be handled. This paper examines the idea that squandering scientific opportunities in poorly designed and weakly analyzed research makes for bad ethics because scientific data are expensive in terms of time, effort, money, and other resources. This waste management concept is examined within the framework of four metaphorical principles. (Contains 20 references.) (MKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (107th, Boston, MA, August 20-24, 1999).