Ethical Decision Making in Social Research: A Practical Guide

Paperback | August 15, 2011

byRon Iphofen

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This practical, user-friendly book is an invaluable guide to ethical decision-making in social research. Offering support and guidance throughout the research process - from designing research proposals and submitting them for ethical scrutiny to anticipating ethical dilemmas that might arise whilst research is being planned, conducted and reported - this is an essential companion for all professional researchers navigating the growing demands for ethical practice. 
 
Central to the book is a unique 'ethical review checklist', which guides ethical thinking at each stage of a research project. The checklist helps researchers to anticipate harms and benefits at the outset of a project, but also supports ongoing monitoring of ethical concerns throughout the life of a project - be it conducted by an individual, research group or commissioning body. Further features include a template for developing a robust research proposal, a glossary of terms and a list of useful websites. The book also draws extensively on case studies of ethical decision making, grounding moral problems in real-life examples. This paperback edition includes a new afterword and a risk matrix to be used in conjunction with the ethical review checklist.
 
Written in an accessible and readable style to appeal to a range of needs, this guide provides much-needed practical advice to supplement the ethical codes and guidelines offered by professional associations in the social sciences, and is based on insight and understanding of the moral problems that social researchers routinely confront.
 

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This practical, user-friendly book is an invaluable guide to ethical decision-making in social research. Offering support and guidance throughout the research process - from designing research proposals and submitting them for ethical scrutiny to anticipating ethical dilemmas that might arise whilst research is being planned, conducted...

RON IPHOFEN is a social scientist, and until recently, Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Healthcare Sciences at Bangor University, UK. He has been Vice Chair of the Social Research Association where he was responsible for updating their ethical guidelines and currently convenes their forum on research ethics. He was scient...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.62 × 5.58 × 0.61 inPublished:August 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230296343

ISBN - 13:9780230296343

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Table of Contents

HOW TO USE THIS BOOK
The Problem of Ethical Decision-making in Social Research
Research Rationale – Justifiable Interventions
Researcher Identification – Professional Integrity and Track Record
Research Quality and Design
Minimising Harm, Maximizing Benefit
Selecting, Recruiting, Retaining and Releasing Participants
Giving Information and Seeking Consent
Monitoring Safety
Strategies for Maintaining Privacy and Confidentiality
Dealing with Vulnerability
Involving Subjects in Research: The Public, Participants, Service Users and Carer Groups
Disseminating Findings
Systems of Ethical Approval and Formal Ethical Scrutiny
Raising Ethical Awareness
Afterword
Ethical Review Checklist
Template for Research Proposals
Glossary of terms
Useful websites 
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"This is a pellucid, comprehensive and, most of all, practical guide to resolving the inevitable ethical dilemmas involved in human research. Its key message is that methodological rigour and innovative research outcomes are not incompatible with ethical soundness: quite the contrary, 'good science' is morally good science." -- Professor Jerome Bickenbach, Queen's University, Canada   "Drawing on a range of knowledge and experience, Iphofen gives a fairly comprehensive view of a rapidly developing field. This is more than an 'ethics primer' for social scientists, but it also avoids too much specialised analysis. It deserves a place in most university libraries and, if Palgrave brings it out in paperback, the shelves of social scientists with specific interest or responsibility for ethics and those whose research tends to raise ethical challenges." -- Nathan Emmerich, PhD candidate in the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, Queens University Belfast and scholar-reviewer for the THE"With the growth in interest in ethical decision -making advice is very welcome. Here it comes in the shape of a down to earth and very readable guide. A mixture of theory, practical advice and case examples this is an ideal book for both those who undertake research and those who commission and use it. And for people on research ethics committees this is a useful and readable account of the stages of research and the ethical issues involved." -- Anthea Tinker, Professor of Social Gerontology and Chairman of the King’s College London Research Ethics Committee"The book succeeds well in offering good practical advice to social researchers about the ethical dimensions of their work. The advice would also benefit those who would not describe themselves as social researchers -- analysts; consultants; market researchers; those undertaking service evaluations or audits." -- Paul Dolan, Adviser/Research, Birmingham City Council in Social Sciences Research Group News November 2009