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Chapter 3 of “Research Methods” (Eight Edition).
Authors: Donald H. McBurney & Theresa L. White.
Publisher: Cengage Learning.
Publication date: April 2009.
This material may consist of step-by-step explanations on how to solve a problem or examples of proper writing, including the use of citations, references, bibliographies, and formatting. This material is made available for the sole purpose of studying and learning - misuse is strictly forbidden.In chapter three McBurney and White (2009) discuss ethics in research. This summary will review ethical concerns in psychological research. The APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and code of conduct covers all activities of psychologists; including research. The ethical principles govern or represent participants so there is little risk to their well being. The code of conduct represents the professional activities of the psychologists. Chapter three focuses on the treatment of humans and animals in regards to the ethical principles and code of conduct.
The APA ethics code guides researcher responsibility on competence and protecting participants from harm. The Boundaries of Competence guideline ensure that psychologists do not conduct research in subject areas that they are not competent in. Maintaining Competence guideline ensures that psychologists maintain and are aware of current knowledge in the subject area they are competent (McBurney & White, 2009).
Often researches face a conflict between a commitment to knowledge and the risk to the participants for that knowledge. Researchers feel a responsibility to discover and learn new things through research but also feel a responsibility for the well being of the participant. A researcher who decides to conduct research needs to be aware of a bias in thinking that their research is more important than the participant. Also a researcher needs to be careful not to be overly sensitive and decide not to conduct important research because of the potential harm...