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Ethical Research Involving Children

Ethical issues in conducting child development research in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Foxcroft, C.D. (2017). Ethical issues in conducting child development research in Sub-Saharan Africa. In Abubakar A., & van de Vijver F. (Eds.). Handbook of Applied Developmental Science in Sub-Saharan Africa. Springer: New York, NY. Print ISBN: 978-1-4939-7326-2; e-ISBN: 978-1-4939-7328-6.

Abstract: While some of the ethical challenges experienced in Africa are common in child development research internationally, some have a uniquely developing world or African flavor to them. Examples from the field are used to illustrate typical ethical challenges experienced in child development research in SSA and the ways that researchers are responding to them. The first section of the chapter focuses on identifying the principles that guide ethical research practice internationally and in Africa. The principles identified are respect for children, non-maleficence, beneficence, and justice. Each principle is then considered in turn with respect to how to give effect to them and how to navigate the ethical challenges or dilemmas that arise in research practice. Lastly, enabling factors (e.g., capacity-building and reflexive practice) that foster the establishment of a culture of ethical research practice are discussed. (Abstract reproduced with permission © Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2017).

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