Title

Protocols for protection of human participants: A comparison of five countries

College

Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC College of Education

Department/Unit

Counseling and Educational Psychology

Document Type

Article

Source Title

Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics

Volume

8

Issue

3

First Page

2

Last Page

11

Publication Date

7-1-2013

Abstract

Research ethics protocols relating to human participants were compared across five countries, namely, Australia, Azerbaijan, Iran, the Philippines, and South Africa. These countries were considered to be geographically and culturally diverse, as well as representing both developed and developing countries. The extent to which the research participant is protected across cultures and countries was investigated, with particular focus on the use of informed consent procedures. It was argued that current ethical guidelines and practices fail to ensure the protection of the most vulnerable participants within these cultures. Informed consent mechanisms also often fail to consider cultural differences in self-concept, understanding of research methods, and power differences between researchers and participants. Discussion of these ethical challenges and recommendations for research ethics development within these cultures and countries are discussed. © 2013 by joan sieber.

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Digitial Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1525/jer.2013.8.3.2

Disciplines

Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences

Keywords

Research—Moral and ethical aspects

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