Discuss strategies a doctoral learner or researcher might employ to protect participants and the institutions (GCU/data collection site) in a study. Teresa Swain

Discuss strategies a doctoral learner or researcher might employ to protect participants and the institutions (GCU/data collection site) in a study.
Teresa Swain

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Drawing on your knowledge from “PSY-815: Ethical Issues in Psychology,” studies and literature research you have completed, and the readings and lecture for this topic, reflect on the role of ethics in the research process.
Discuss strategies a doctoral learner or researcher might employ to protect participants and the institutions (GCU/data collection site) in a study.

Ethical considerations for any study using human subjects must include consideration for consequences of conducting the research. Ideas such as “do no harm” and reflecting on who will benefit from this research study are of paramount consideration. The problem conceptualized should be viable and one that once solved could benefit stakeholders without disempowering others (Frost, 2011). Also there are important logistics of informed consent and confidentiality of participants. The individual giving informed consent should be of sound mind/body in order to understand the nature of what giving consent means. Limits of confidentiality need to be considered by those handling data as well as by participants so that any unnecessary exposure or handling of sensitive/confidential material is minimized.
Guidelines for ethical considerations are given by APA(2010) and include 5 major principles: (1) beneficence and non-maleficence, (2)fidelity and responsibility, (3) integrity, (4) justice and (5) respect people’s rights and dignity.
Explain any concerns/uncertainties you have regarding ethical conduct during dissertation research.
Some potential concerns might be in the welfare of participants once a study has concluded. It could be that during a study, participants build a rapport with the researcher and as a by-product of creating narratives receive some stress reduction from expressing feelings, thoughts and behaviors with an “objective” party. There might need to be a resource that is available for referral if individuals participating uncover problematic feelings or events that are discovered or uncovered during the process.
Other concerns could include the problem with the researcher(s) presence might influence results and observable behaviors. Concerns with cultural differences, gender, age and other demographic variables may also unintentionally bias data collection and ultimately results.
Finally, qualitative data collection might be unpredictable as it is a dynamic system that unfolds in the field with various sources, contexts and situations. Therefore, consideration must be made for handling dubious scenarios that might arise during this open and continuous process.
References
APA (2010). Ethical principles of psychologists and code of conduct. Including 2010 and 2016 amendments. Retrieved from http://www.apa.org/ethics/code/
Frost, N. (Ed.). (2011). Qualitative research methods in psychology: Combining core approaches. Columbus, OH: McGraw-Hill. ISBN-13: 9780335241514
http://gcumedia.com/digital-resources/mcgraw-hill/2011/qualitative-research-methods-in-psychology_from-core-to-combined-approaches_ebook_1e.php
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