In the discipline of survey research, ethical principles are denned as the standard practices for privacy and confidentiality protection for human subject participants. Ethical principles in survey research are in place to protect individual participant(s) beginning at the start of study recruitment, through participation and data collection, to dissemination of research findings in a manner that is confidential, private, and respectful. These principles guide accepted research practices as they apply to the conduct of both quantitative and qualitative methods in survey research.
The need for adequate protection of the individual participant and the adoption of stricter ethical principles in practice has been shaped by several historical events. One of the worst cases of ethical misconduct [Page 244]by researchers in the United States was ...
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