Ch 4: Conducting Ethical Research When Studying Gerontology

About This Chapter

The following video lessons can help you learn about the various ethical issues that may arise when conducting research pertaining to aging adults. These lessons also include online self-assessment quizzes that can show you how well you grasped the key points discussed in the videos.

Conducting Ethical Research When Studying Gerontology - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Performing any kind of research about individuals or groups of people comes with the need to follow guidelines of ethics. Researching aging adults also brings some special considerations related to ethics. In this chapter, our instructors will explain the differences between consent and assent as related to mental competency and how stress caused by research can affect the elderly. You can also learn about informed consent and possible risks associated with research. By the time you finish working your way through this chapter, you should be familiar with the following topics related to research:

  • Validity issues related to research
  • Purposes of informed consent
  • Special considerations when conducting research pertaining to the elderly
  • Risks to participants of research

Video Objectives
Validity Issues in Adult Development & Aging Research: Explanation & Examples Explain various validity issues, including ecological validity.
Conducting Research on People: General Guidelines Discuss guidelines for the conduction of research with human participants.
What Is Informed Consent in Research? - Definition & Purpose Explain how to obtain informed consent.
Risks of Research: Physical Harm, Psychological Abuse & Legal Jeopardy Explore the various types of harm that might befall participants of research.
Ethical Research: Maintaining Privacy, Anonymity & Confidentiality Discuss privacy, anonymity and confidentiality related to research practices.
Informed Consent in Research with Special Populations Explain how informed consent can affect certain groups of research participants.
Special Considerations in Research with Elderly Compare consent and assent concerning mental competency and explain how excessive stress might be caused by research.

7 Lessons in Chapter 4: Conducting Ethical Research When Studying Gerontology
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Validity Issues in Adult Development & Aging Research: Explanation & Examples

1. Validity Issues in Adult Development & Aging Research: Explanation & Examples

This lesson goes into some depth about what validity is and its different types. The lesson is finished with an examination of the main causes of skewed validity and a possible way to compensate for it.

Conducting Research on People: General Guidelines

2. Conducting Research on People: General Guidelines

There are specific guidelines that must be followed when performing research. These guidelines are there to protect the subject from harm. What do you, as a researcher, have to watch out for when conducting research on people? Why do you need to be so careful?

What Is Informed Consent in Research? - Definition & Purpose

3. What Is Informed Consent in Research? - Definition & Purpose

After you have figured out what you are going to research and have approval to do it, you need informed consent from the participants in your experiment. What is informed consent, and how is it different than regular consent?

Risks of Research: Physical Harm, Psychological Abuse & Legal Jeopardy

4. Risks of Research: Physical Harm, Psychological Abuse & Legal Jeopardy

There are many ways a researcher can harm a participant. This lesson explores the possible harmful actions of researchers, as well as ways to avoid these harmful actions.

Ethical Research: Maintaining Privacy, Anonymity & Confidentiality

5. Ethical Research: Maintaining Privacy, Anonymity & Confidentiality

When performing research, there are certain expectations that a researcher must follow to protect their subjects. We will explore a few of the different ways that a subject's responses are kept from being used against them.

Informed Consent in Research with Special Populations

6. Informed Consent in Research with Special Populations

There are people who need a little bit of extra protection because they are in a vulnerable state. These are people who need additional information because they are at some risk or because they cannot make decisions on their own. We will explore some of these special populations.

Special Considerations in Research with Elderly

7. Special Considerations in Research with Elderly

Many researchers want to run studies with older adults as participants. But what issues can arise from using elderly subjects in your research? Watch this lesson to find out some of the special considerations from doing research on older adults.

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