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ERIC Number: EJ1078442
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1049-7315
Institutional Review Boards at Very High Research Activity Universities: An Opportunity for Social Workers
Cannon, Clare; Buttell, Frederick
Research on Social Work Practice, v25 n7 p832-835 Nov 2015
Objectives: This study investigated to what degree social work was represented in the position of chair of social-behavioral institutional review boards (IRBs) at very high research activity (VHRA) universities in the United States. Method: We collected data on IRB rosters for all 108 schools designated by the Carnegie Foundation as VHRAs in the United States and analyzed the percentage of chairs for social-behavioral IRBs that came from social work. Results: Data (104 of the 108 VHRA universities) indicate only 3.8% of chairs come from social work. Conclusions: Universities would benefit from more social workers serving as chairs of social-behavioral IRBs because social work has a professional obligation to ethical and just research and is the most holistic of the social sciences. The background and training of professional social workers have obvious benefits in accessing and understanding the unique risks posed by the diverse proposals IRBs receive.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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