Research - School Age
To complete this assignment successfully, you should:
Before we begin the application portion of this material, it is critical to review how we honor students and protect the rights of those we observe and even more careful if we plan to use children for research.
Ethical Guidelines for Research with Human Beings
1. In most cases, researchers must have any study that involves humans as subjects reviewed by a human sciences review board. If this in not possible, have an outside observer or third party look at the ideas and provide feedback.
2. No physical or psychological harm should occur as a result of a procedure. The benefits of a study must be weighed against the possibility that inadvertent side effects may occur.
3. If participants are under the age of 18, parents, guardians or other responsible parties must be notified and given written consent prior to any procedure. In the case of children with developmental delays, the age may extend to 22 or indefinitely. Current ethical guidelines prohibit even using a photo of DD youngsters without consent.
4. If the participant is old enough to understand the procedures, they must be informed and provide verbal consent. They must clearly understand that they can withdraw at any time and care taken to prevent a feeling of obligation to continue.
5. All information about an individual must be kept confidential.
6. An exception to confidentiality is the requirement to alert others if it is determined that a child is engaged in something that is a danger to self or others, including drug or substance abuse, potential for violence or suicide. This is also true if the child is receiving abuse at the hands of others.
7. Each participant has a right to the results of the research.
8. Each child has the right to receive any potential benefits as a result of a treatment on ADHD determines that the treatment is good, those in the control group must be given an option to receive the benefits of treatment at the conclusion of the study.
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