Week 2 - Ethical Guidelines

No harm to participants legal harm researchers are

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Unformatted text preview: ical Abuse: includes stress or loss of self- esteem. Situations of psychological discomfort may be justified but researchers must still take the appropriate precautions to create only the minimal amount of discomfort needed and they must be sure that the benefits outweigh the costs. No Harm to Participants Legal Harm: researchers are responsible for protecting participants from increased risk of arrest. Other Harms: negative impact on career, reputation, or income Negative impact on relationships Voluntary Consent Principle of Voluntary Consent: researchers should never force anyone to participate and they should not lie to participants unless it is absolutely necessary (no other way to study phenomenon) Deception: deception should only be used when there is no other way to study the topic of interest and only then if the benefits of knowledge outweigh the harms of telling lies. When deception is used in a study the researcher must “debrief” participants upon the conclusion of the study. Informed Consent Participants must be given the information necessary to make an informed decision to participate in a study Informed consent statements provide specific information about the study to potential research subjects It is unethical to C OERCE people into participating (this includes offering special benefits) Compensation is ok, but there are guidelines / restrictions Example: gift card for survey participation Informed Consent Stateme...
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This note was uploaded on 02/03/2014 for the course SOC 293 taught by Professor N/a during the Spring '10 term at SUNY Buffalo.

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