Ethics and human subject research discussion

Ethics and Human Subject Research

Research in psychology is paramount to the field; it is through research that evidence is gathered. Section 2: Competence, of the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (2014) states that it is expected that psychologists understand and know the research in their fields, with particular attention paid to evidence-based interventions.

There is a long history of unethical research that this competency attempts to address. It is easy for researchers to engage in behaviors with potentially serious consequences; stringent ethical compliance is maintained through institutional review boards (also known as human subjects review).

For this discussion, complete the following

  • Review the Dan Markingson case linked in Resources.
  • Describe the primary ethical guidelines that may apply to this case and explain why.
  • Use Fisher’s 8-step decision-making model from Chapter 3 of Decoding the Ethics Code: A Practical Guide and identify a possible solution using at least two ethical theories to support your process.

Your initial discussion post should be at least 200 words.

Response Guidelines

Explore the approaches of two learners who do not share your views of the Dan Markingson case. Please try to choose posts that have not yet had responses. What did you learn from their perspectives? Discuss the differences in your approaches and the benefits of considering other viewpoints.

Reference

American Counseling Association (ACA). (2014). 2014 ACA code of ethics. Retrieved from http://www.counseling.org/Resources/aca-code-of-ethics.pdf

Learning Components

This activity will help you achieve the following learning components:

  • Apply ethical theory to practice.
  • Employ ethical decision-making models to practice.
  • Brainstorm potential solutions for ethical challenges.

Resources

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