Ethical Research Involving Children

Ethical considerations for research and treatment with runaway and homeless adolescents.

Meade, M. A., & Slesnick, N. (2002). Ethical considerations for research and treatment with runaway and homeless adolescents. The Journal of Psychology, 136(4). pp. 449-463.

Abstract: Ethical considerations for working with runaway and homeless youth in research and treatment settings are presented. Issues of parents’ and adolescents’ consent for research and treatment are discussed, with particular attention given to the lack of explicit guidelines for working with abused and neglected youth. The principles of beneficence and justice are discussed as they apply to intervening with a high-risk, multi-problem population. The authors offer a rationale for allowing adolescents to self-consent to research and treatment. They argue that in many circumstances, requiring parental consent may not be in the youth’s best interest and may preclude his or her participation in treatment and research programs. Reprinted by permission of Taylor & Francis (http://www.tandfonline.com).

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