June 2016

Here is a blog I recently posted on LinkedIn pertaining to ethics that I thought might be of interest to researchers working with children: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/small-change-great-implications-stefania-maggi?trk=prof-post A small change with great implications: How a slight change in the wording of parental consent forms can promote the rights of the child. As a developmental researcher, I am interested in understanding the factors that best support healthy child development. And as a child rights advocate, I am always thoughtful in using methods and processes that support the rights of the child. While in this field of study we have the proper expertise and tools at our disposal to conduct developmental research that aligns with the principles outlined by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), researchers like me are too often challenged by institutional Ethics Boards that do not follow adequate guidelines for research involving children.