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Ethics and Research Methodology

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❶Image J Nurs Sch. The potential ethical issues raised by different research methods not only differ from one type of research method to the next e.

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Peter Lyons and Howard J. Doueck
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The researcher should avoid deceiving participants about the nature of the research unless there is no alternative — and even then this would need to be judged acceptable by an independent expert. However, there are some types of research that cannot be carried out without at least some element of deception. In reality, no shocks were given and the learners were confederates of Milgram.

This is sometimes necessary in order to avoid demand characteristics i. Another common example is when a stooge or confederate of the experimenter is used this was the case in both the experiments carried out by Asch.

However, participants must be deceived as little as possible, and any deception must not cause distress. Researchers can determine whether participants are likely to be distressed when deception is disclosed, by consulting culturally relevant groups. If the participant is likely to object or be distressed once they discover the true nature of the research at debriefing, then the study is unacceptable. The true nature of the research should be revealed at the earliest possible opportunity, or at least during debriefing.

Participants, and the data gained from them must be kept anonymous unless they give their full consent. No names must be used in a research report. What do we do if we find out something which should be disclosed e. Researchers have no legal obligation to disclose criminal acts and have to determine which is the most important consideration: Ultimately, decisions to disclose information will have to be set in the context of the aims of the research.

Participants should be able to leave a study at any time if they feel uncomfortable. They should also be allowed to withdraw their data. They should be told at the start of the study that they have the right to withdraw. American Psychological Association ethical principles of psychologists and code of conduct. A history of debriefing in social psychology. Applying Hamlet's question to the ethical conduct of research: American Psychologist, 39 5 , The British Psychological Society.

Issues of anonymity and confidentiality present problems when selecting findings. The viewpoints of both researcher and participants have to be identified and made clear because of issues arising from partiality that prevents objective consideration. This allows the researcher to find issues that are often missed by the scientific, more positivistic enquiries. Qualitative descriptions can play the important role of suggesting possible relationships, causes, effects and dynamic processes.

Because statistics are not used, but rather qualitative research uses a more descriptive, narrative style, this research might be of particular benefit to the practitioner as she, or he could turn to qualitative reports in order to examine forms of knowledge that might otherwise be unavailable, thereby gaining new insight.

Qualitative research adds flesh and blood to social analysis. Both qualitative and quantitative research methods have some similarities, for instance, whilst quantitative research may be mostly used for testing theory, it can also be used for exploring area and generating hypotheses and theory. Similarly qualitative research can be used for testing hypotheses and theories even though it is mostly used for theory generation.

Qualitative data often includes quantification, e. Respondents have a right to be informed about the nature and purposes of the study and how the information will be used prior to data collection. The issue of anonymity, confidentiality and safeguarding the respondents, especially on sensitive questions must be strongly emphasised. By creating a friendly relationship and rapport between the interviewer and the respondent will make the respondent confident therefor minimising chances of a possible harm or upset during the interview.

Data must be stored safely and securely to ensure compliance with the data protection act. It will be very ideal to leave out names and addresses. Because of their nature, the weight lies heavily on the judgements and skills of the researcher. Some ethical issues with regards to obtaining informed consent arise, especially were the participant observer is concerned.

Events like these forced the reexamination of ethical standards and the gradual development of a consensus that potential human subjects needed to be protected from being used as 'guinea pigs' in scientific research.

By the s, the dynamics of the situation changed. Cancer patients and persons with AIDS fought publicly with the medical research establishment about the long time needed to get approval for and complete research into potential cures for fatal diseases. In many cases, it is the ethical assumptions of the previous thirty years that drive this 'go-slow' mentality.

After all, we would rather risk denying treatment for a while until we achieve enough confidence in a treatment, rather than run the risk of harming innocent people as in the Nuremberg and Tuskegee events. But now, those who were threatened with fatal illness were saying to the research establishment that they wanted to be test subjects, even under experimental conditions of considerable risk.

You had several very vocal and articulate patient groups who wanted to be experimented on coming up against an ethical review system that was designed to protect them from being experimented on. Although the last few years in the ethics of research have been tumultuous ones, it is beginning to appear that a new consensus is evolving that involves the stakeholder groups most affected by a problem participating more actively in the formulation of guidelines for research.

While it's not entirely clear, at present, what the new consensus will be, it is almost certain that it will not fall at either extreme: There are a number of key phrases that describe the system of ethical protections that the contemporary social and medical research establishment have created to try to protect better the rights of their research participants.

The principle of voluntary participation requires that people not be coerced into participating in research.

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Ethical Considerations can be specified as one of the most important parts of the research. Dissertations may even be doomed to failure if this part is.

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Research, Methodology, and Ethics Avenues to Knowledge and Reasoning The kinds of research questions you will ask will always depend on the theoretical perspective from which you are working.

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Research methodology ethical issues in research an assignment 1. IDENTIFY AND EXPLAIN ANY 6 ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS IN RESEARCH. We are going through a time of profound change in our understanding of the ethics of applied social research. From the time immediately after World War II until the early s, there was a gradually developing consensus about the key ethical principles that should underlie the research endeavor.

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The important ethics in research that scientists must follow. Examples of problematic experiments and preventing unethical research. This chapter describes ethical issues in social research including discussion of the NASW Code of Ethics, Institutional Review Board (IRB) processes, and requirements for the protection of human subjects. In addition, quantitative research methods; qualitative research methods; mixed-methods research designs; experimental, quasi-experimental, explanatory, exploratory, and descriptive research.