Ethical Treatment of Participants

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Abstract Ethics can be defined as standards or norms of behavior that often guide the moral choices that human beings make as they relate with one another. On the other hand, there are several definitions about the human subject. The review will demonstrate that there are several different ethical and unethical issues that are involved in research. Participants must have some type of trust in the researchers, and have expectations of being treated with the upmost respect. This study shows the structure that participants expect as well as some of the areas that could be perceived as unethical treatment and why it should not happen.

Ethical Treatment of Participants

In research, one of the main goals is to ensure that activities undertaken does not harm or cause advance consequences that can lead to suffering. Even though most researchers achieve this goal, there are cases whereby unethical activities are invasive and leads to non-disclosure. This is particularly common with respect to the violation of respondent confidentiality, misrepresentation of results, invoicing irregularities, deceiving people, and avoiding legal liabilities among others (Smith, 2003). Therefore ethical questions are frequently philosophical in nature and hence most researchers do not have a general agreement while trying to answer such questions. Nonetheless, the norms of the society dictate the obligation of individuals in the research process (Smith, 2003). These norms dictate how individuals are supposed to conduct themselves under various circumstances. However, societal norms may sometimes change in the light of changes that are commonly taking place such as technological advancements, governance structures, and economic situations among others. Thus, review boards are usually there to assist researchers to examine their ethical dilemmas throughout…...

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