Ethics in Social Science Research: Becoming Culturally Responsive provides a thorough grounding in research ethics, along with examples of real-world ethical dilemmas in working with vulnerable populations. Author Maria K. E. Lahman aims to help qualitative research students design ethically and culturally responsive research with communities that may be very different from their own. Throughout, compelling first person accounts of ethics in human research–both historical and contemporary–are highlighted and each chapter includes vignettes written by the author and her collaborators about real qualitative research projects.

Research Ethics History : Regulations and Beyond

We deeply regret that it happened, and we apologize to all the individuals who were affected by such abhorrent research practices. The conduct exhibited during the study does not represent the values of the United States, or our commitment to human dignity and great respect for the people of Guatemala.

—Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (2010)

When I give presentations on human research ethics and ethical oversight groups such as the U.S. Institutional Review Board (IRB),1 I ask the audience to share how they would describe IRB. Responses have included “picky, tedious, rule bound, irritating, Big Brother-ish,” and, strikingly, “IRB is from hell.” Given the perceived desire of the ...

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