The behavioural research group brg of an australian

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The Behavioural Research Group (BRG) of an Australian university has been commissioned to conduct a research project to assess the degree to which any of the one-time residents of the Children's Home continue to suffer detrimental mental, psychological or emotional effects from their time in that facility. With the data from the research project, the BRG have been commissioned to advise on care and treatment programs that will address the needs of these people. The residents of the Children's Home are seen as broadly representative of the whole population of the forgotten Australians so that the government has indicated that it will fund the provision of the care and treatment programs recommended by the BRG, for all the forgotten Australians or make appropriate adjustments to the entitlement levels of those receiving public benefits. The Foster Family Trust retained records of the names of all residents, of where they came form and to where they went when they left the Children's Home, of all medical treatment they received while in residence and of their behaviour and conduct. When the trust was wound up, all of these records were given to the Government. The government has used these records, together with a wide spread publicity campaign, to locate almost all of the surviving Children's Home residents so that all their contact details are recorded. Their ages range from 40 to 65. All of these records are made available to the BRG who propose to examine the records to establish preliminary profiles of each of the survivors including the diagnosis of likely impairment, continuing conditions and of future treatment needs. The researchers do not propose to seek the consent of the survivors for this examination and use of the records. With the profiles they have developed, the BRG proposes to then conduct a series of focus 4
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University of Wollongong HAS 121 Human Development in Social Context groups of the survivors. The focus groups are seen by the BRG as an important phase in which to introduce themselves to the survivors and begin to earn their trust. However, the researchers do not, at this stage, propose to disclose to those in the focus groups, all of whom will be identified, what the researchers have discovered about each of them from the records, that preliminary profiles have been developed nor that, during the focus groups, the researchers will be observing and analysing the behaviour of the focus group participants to add to their profiles and preliminary diagnoses. Participants will be told that the focus groups are informal discussions of how they now live and what they remember about their time in the Children's Home and are a first phase in a research project aimed at assessing their on-going needs for support, care and treatment. They will also be told that the research will be used to develop future treatment, care and support programs that the government intends to fund, either directly, or by making adjustment in entitlement levels for those receiving public benefits. All who attend the focus groups will be paid travel and accommodation expenses.
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  • '19
  • University of Wollongong

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