ethical issues

ethical issues for research methods

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Ethics
The main ethical issues are:
Confidentiality
Don't use real names, use psuedonames (false names) such as genie or use
initials.
Don't use photos or any personal details.
Consent
Fully informed consent i.e. the participant knows everything about the
investigation including the hypothesis.
Can lead to demand characteristics, which can lead to invalid results.
Psychological harm
Causing distress or upset/ stress
Remind participants of their right to withdraw.
Conduct a pilot study to ensure questions are not too upsetting.
Debriefing session- offer support, refer them to counselling.

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