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ERIC Number: EJ1194206
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Apr
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1747-0161
Faking Participant Identity: Vested Interests and Purposeful Interference
Fronek, Patricia; Briggs, Lynne
Research Ethics, v14 n2 Apr 2018
Misrepresentation and mischief in the research process can impact on ethical conduct, the validity of findings and deliberately change the outcome. This short report presents a scenario about deliberate interference in adoption research by one organisation seeking accreditation to deliver adoption services. Unbeknown to the researchers, fake participants completed an online survey designed to capture the post-adoption needs of adult international adoptees living in Australia. Interference was unexpected as it was naively assumed that all stakeholders involved in adoption would be concerned with meeting post-adoption needs. A definition of politically motivated fake participants, implications for the research process, predicting such interference and strategies to address the problem are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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