Volume 4, Issue 2-1, April 2016, Page: 53-59
Ethical Issues in Conducting Research Involving Persons with Disability: A View from the Past and Some New Challenges
Diane Nelson Bryen, Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, University of Pretoria, Faculty of Humanities, Pretoria, South Africa; College of Education, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Received: Jan. 25, 2016;       Accepted: Feb. 10, 2016;       Published: May 13, 2016
DOI: 10.11648/j.hss.s.2016040201.18      View  6433      Downloads  277
This paper traces the history of conducting research involving people with disabilities and raises serious questions about the ethics of conducting research. Ethical concerns include treatment of vulnerable populations, lack of informed consent, and benefit versus undue hardship when using people with disabilities as research participants. New technological advances, such as discussions on social media, present some new ethical concerns. Two case studies are presented that illustrate new ethical challenges. Guidelines are proposed that address the right to privacy, anonymity and confidentiality.
Research, Ethics, People with Disabilities, Informed Consent, Beneficence, Non-maleficence
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Diane Nelson Bryen, Ethical Issues in Conducting Research Involving Persons with Disability: A View from the Past and Some New Challenges, Humanities and Social Sciences. Special Issue: Ethical Sensitivity: A Multidisciplinary Approach. Vol. 4, No. 2-1, 2016, pp. 53-59. doi: 10.11648/j.hss.s.2016040201.18
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