Ethical Issues in the Research of Group Work

Kristopher M. Goodrich, Melissa Luke

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This article provides a primer for researchers exploring ethical issues in the research of group work. The article begins with an exploration of relevant ethical issues through the research process and current standards guiding its practice. Next, the authors identify resources that group work researchers can consult prior to constructing their studies, along with specific recommendations of particular import at critical junctures in the research process. The article concludes by identifying common issues that can arise within group work research, and a discussion of how researchers can both proactively consider and then respond to these issues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)108-129
Number of pages22
JournalJournal for Specialists in Group Work
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2017


  • confidentiality
  • ethics
  • group counseling
  • group work
  • informed consent
  • multiple relationships
  • research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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