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NCJ Number: 115207 Find in a Library
Title: Ethical Issues in Family Violence Research (From NIJ Working Conference on Family Violence as a Criminal Justice Issue, 1986 -- See NCJ-115203)
Author(s): L E A Walker
Date Published: 1986
Page Count: 40
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The field of family violence research is sufficiently replete with myths, inconsistencies, and secrecy to require a special ethical code for those conducting such research.
Abstract: The long history of gender bias, patriarchal culture, and social science misinformation militate against sex-fair analyses and suggest that researchers make their values explicit. Development of an ethical code may prevent the continuation of poorly conceived research in the area of family violence. Toward such a code, it is suggested that research should do no harm to those who are studied who are still affected by family violence. Research should be context-specific and should be evaluated for experimenter bias. Sample populations should be carefully selected, and the limits of generalization should be made specific. Researchers should be responsible for the societal uses of data collected and protect the sample from intrusive legal scrutiny. Programs also should be designed to minimize stresses on researchers. While researchers should be supportive they should avoid dual and sexually exploitive relationships with research subjects. Student research should be supervised by knowledgeable faculty or outside consultants, and research problems to be studied should be chosen in consultation with service providers. 41 references.
Main Term(s): Research methods
Index Term(s): Domestic assault; Professional conduct and ethics; Research design; Victim services
Note: From Chapter 9 Michael Tonry and Lloyd Ohlin eds. Family Violence: A Thematic Issue of Crime and Justice
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