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NCJ Number: 169378 Find in a Library
Title: Ethical Dilemmas Confronting Criminological Researchers
Journal: Journal of Crime and Justice  Volume:20  Issue:2  Dated:(1997)  Pages:121-138
Author(s): M Vohryzek-Bolden
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 18
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A 1993 survey of the officers and executives of the American Society of Criminology from 1988-89 and 1992-93 sought to determine the frequency with which criminological researchers are confronted with various ethical dilemmas such as plagiarism, confidentiality, and interpretation of results.
Abstract: The data were collected by means of telephone interviews. Thirty-five of the 39 individuals initially contacted by mail participated in the study. At least half the participants reported experiencing some ethical dilemma relating to questions of study participant consent, confidentiality, or deception. Others expressed concerns regarding areas of research that were neglected due to funding restrictions, as well as the non-publication of research due to perceived racial overtones. Finally, participants also expressed concerns regarding the ability to distinguish the roles of expert and advocate and the role of presenting researched facts rather than expression opinion, generalities, or extrapolations when testifying as an expert witness. Table, note, and 34 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Human research subject protection; Legal privacy protection; Professional conduct and ethics; Research methods
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