Scientific rewards and conflicts of ethical choices in human subjects research

Peter David Blanck, Alan S. Bellack, Ralph L. Rosnow, Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus, Nina R. Schooler

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The primary responsibility of the American Psychological Association's (APA) Committee on Standards in Research (CSR) is to advise the APA on issues and standards related to the protection of human participants in psychological research. A related goal is to enhance the use of good ethical practices by APA members. The purpose of this article is to foster the view of research ethics not as an affront to the integrity of sound research, but as opportunities for scientific rewards, including increased understanding of the meaning of data, enhanced recruitment, and the inclusion of more representative samples. Three ethical practices are discussed as examples of this general premise: respect for confidentiality, use of debriefing, and assurance that participants are noncoerced volunteers. The Committee's intent is to promote consideration of these issues, not to promulgate specific guidelines or procedures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)959-965
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Psychologist
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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