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7. Do you think the research in this article was conducted in an ethical manner? Why or why not? In relation to the article, how have ethical considerations in personality psychology research changed over the years?I believe the study was conducted in an ethical manner. All participants were fully informed priorto the start of the study and completed information and consent forms. Research was approved by Curtain Universities Ethics Committee. Applications were given in-person to the clinic patients at Psychology Clinic at Curtin University. Only patients who were being treated for anxiety and / or depressive disorders without suicidal thoughts or ideation fit the inclusion criteria from the DSM-IV (Egan, 2015). The second group of participants were athletes and
members of the Triathalon Association of Western Australia (Egan, 2015). Applications were mailed to prospective participants and then returned via mail upon completion. The data collected was through self-report methods. No harmful or manipulative content was evident in the scale. No physical or mental experiments were performed in the study. I believe ethical considerations in personality research have changed over the years simply by making sure that the tests and measures you are performing are the right tool for recording the data you wish to record. I think there is a higher accountability now, perhaps a checks and balances system like peer reviews to be done before a study gets professionally published so that people are not given misinformation as in the case with the DAS measure.