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NCJ Number: 120332 Find in a Library
Title: Ethics of Informed Consent in Adolescent Research (From Crime Prevention and Intervention: Legal and Ethical Problems P 237-247, 1989, Peter-Alexis Albrecht and Otto Backes, eds.)
Author(s): R J Kinkel; N C Josef
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: Walter de Gruyter & Co
1 Berlin 30, Germany United
Sale Source: Walter de Gruyter & Co
Genthiner Str 13
1 Berlin 30,
Germany (Unified)
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: West Germany (Former)
Annotation: Ethical questions for informed consent have plagued investigators of youth problems such as drug abuse, teen pregnancy, suicide, and homicide.
Abstract: The severity of these youth problems must be weighed against individual rights which demand informed consent for research. The Nuremberg Code (US Department of Defense, 1949, p. 181) states that "the voluntary consent of a human subject is absolutely essential," and does not distinguish between adults and minors, but only requires that the subject has the legal capacity to give consent. The following conditions would qualify research for exemption from the informed consent rule: 1) it involves minimal or no danger to subjects, 2) it involves social surveys or epidemiological studies, 3) it is conducted in an educational setting, and 4) the identities of subjects are protected. Some argue that to withhold information or respond in an inferior way to grave youth problems is in itself unethical. 30 references.
Main Term(s): Human research subject protection
Index Term(s): Consent search; Ethics training; Right of privacy; Western Europe
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