The rights of pre-verbal children involved in video-recorded research.
Mudaly, N. (2015). The rights of pre-verbal children involved in video-recorded research. The International Journal of Children’s Rights, 23(2), pp. 391-404.
Abstract: There is considerable research on the impact of maternal mental health issues on infants’ development. These studies emphasise the importance of early interventions to prevent the development of psychopathology later in life. In many studies infants who are involved in video-recorded studies show an observable distressed reaction. Whilst these studies have made major contributions to the field of child development, a key question that arises is: is it ethically acceptable in research with pre-verbal children for them to experience emotional distress during the research process? This article explores the ethical issues of harm and benefit from the perspective of the child. It aims further to refine discussion and understanding of children’s vulnerability and examines pre-verbal children’s ethical rights in video-recorded observation studies. (© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2015. Reproduced by permission.)