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Ch 4: Conducting Ethical Research

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Watch video lessons and learn about the guidelines and principles associated with ethical research, including informed consent and standards of privacy. These lessons are just a portion of Study.com's psychology courses.

Conducting Ethical Research - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

The purpose of this chapter is to provide you with an overview of the moral responsibilities associated with the study of adult and other populations. At the beginning of the lesson, you'll learn about the relationship between validity issues and sound research. The instructor will explain the concept of ecological validity, such as how investigative materials, procedures and settings must resemble the real-life situation under scrutiny.

A key part of the lesson discusses the topic of informed consent, whereby clients or patients understand the benefits and consequences of becoming involved in a clinical trial. Research risks will also be covered, including those related to personal or psychological injury. When you've finished watching the videos and taking the online self-assessment quizzes, you should understand:

  • The concept of statistical meta-analysis, or how the results from different experiments and studies are combined or compared
  • What guidelines must be followed when conducting research with people
  • Informed consent, including concerns related to special populations
  • The risks of being a research participant
  • Ethical research practices, including the relationship between public research and individual privacy

VideoObjectives
Issues of Validity in Adult Development and Aging ResearchDiscuss validity issues, including ecological validity. Explain how meta-analyses examine the consistency of findings across many research studies.
Conducting Research on People: General GuidelinesDescribe the general guidelines for conducting research on human participants.
What Is Informed Consent in Research? - Definition and PurposeExplain the purpose of giving informed consent and how it is obtained by the researcher.
Risks of Research: Physical Harm, Psychological Abuse and Legal JeopardyDiscuss the different ways research can harm a research participant, including those related to their physical, psychological, legal or professional well-being.
Ethical Research: Maintaining Privacy, Anonymity and ConfidentialityExplain the concepts of privacy, anonymity and confidentiality as they relate to ethical research practices.
Informed Consent in Research with Special PopulationsDescribe how informed consent affects special populations, including children, pregnant women and incarcerated individuals.

6 Lessons in Chapter 4: Conducting Ethical Research
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Conducting Research on People: General Guidelines

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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.

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

6. 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.

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