Ethical Research Involving Children

Ethical issues in conducting research with children and families affected by disasters.

Ferreira, R. J., Buttell, F., & Cannon, C. (2018). Ethical issues in conducting research with children and families affected by disasters. Current Psychiatry Reports, 20(6), pp. 42-48.

Abstract
Purpose of Review: We review topical evidence on ethical issues in conducting disaster research with children and families affected by natural disasters, with an emphasis on analyzing specific vulnerabilities associated with children and families affected by disasters, identifying significant findings and trends of ethical guidelines and approaches, and discussing key observations into ethical research in a disaster setting.

Recent Findings: Current evidence indicates that there is a wide range of research methods for child disaster studies. Vulnerability as a concept in child disaster studies is more prevalent with several scholars underscoring the need for an ethical approach to disaster research.


Summary: Current disaster research evidence suggests that there is specifically an interest in conducting disaster research with children and families. With the increase in investigations, it is strongly recommended that investigators adhere to ethical standards in research practice when conducting research with vulnerable populations (e.g., children) within a postdisaster context.

(Abstract reproduced with permission © Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2018).

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