ERIC Number: EJ684898
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr
Ethical Perspectives on Qualitative Research in Applied Psychology
Haverkamp, Beth E.
Journal of Counseling Psychology, v52 n2 p146-155 Apr 2005
The present article explores ethical issues that emerge in qualitative research conducted by applied psychologists. The utility and relevance of the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (American Psychological Association, 2002) for qualitative research are examined. The importance of psychology's fiduciary relationship with research participants is presented as the basis for an ethical stance of "trustworthiness." A scientist-practitioner perspective on research ethics is advanced, based on the argument that psychology's social role carries obligations that differ from those of other social science disciplines that conduct qualitative research. Dilemmas that are likely to emerge in qualitative research are discussed, with particular attention to competence, multiple relationships, confidentiality, and informed consent.
Descriptors: Psychologists, Psychology, Confidentiality, Social Science Research, Qualitative Research, Ethics, Research Methodology, Psychological Studies, Privacy, Trust (Psychology)
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