- Ethical guidelines are formal principles for what is considered acceptable and unacceptable.
- Must be followed in every study
- Produced in the UK by the British Psychological Society.
They are important because:
1) Psychological research should aim to improve the quality of life for people.
2) Professional psychologists are expected to work in an ethical manner.
1) Informed Consent
- BPS guidelines say ppts should always give informed consent.
- Informed consent can be gained by using a consent form which should include:
- Objectives of the study
- Details of what ppts would have to do
- The length of time required
- Opportunity for ppts to ask questions
- Right to withdraw their data and themselves at any point during the investigation
- Their data will remain confidential
- The consent form should only be signed when ppt has read and understood what is required.
- If the sample involves ppts who are children or with learning difficulties the experimenter has to ensure they have fully understood the requirements.
- If the ppts is under 16 years old and they cannot give consent, it must be gained from a parent.
- Naturalistic observations - consent is not obtained. The research…