ERIC Number: EJ916339
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
A Case for Limiting the Reach of Institutional Review Boards
Hessler, Richard M.; Donnell-Watson, D. J.; Galliher, John F.
American Sociologist, v42 n1 p145-152 Mar 2011
Institutional review boards (IRBs) governing social and behavioral research seem to systematically exceed the guidelines established by the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research. We examine a clandestine study of prostitution and another of employment discrimination and conclude that IRBs, more concerned about being sued than they are about protecting research subjects, get in the way of science and cause ethical problems as a consequence. We discuss the ethical principles involved and call for a suspension of all IRB review in the social and behavioral sciences.
Descriptors: Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Behavioral Sciences, Ethics, Research Methodology, Evaluators, Experiments, Employment, Behavioral Science Research, Sexuality, Occupations
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