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Ethics Behav. 2005;15(3):271-87.

Deception research involving children: ethical practices and paradoxes.

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  • 1Center for EThics Education, Dealy Hall, Fordham University, 441 E. Fordham Road, Bronx, NY 10458, USA. fisher@fordham.edu

Abstract

This commentary draws on the thoughtful contemplation and innovative procedures described in the special section articles as well as current professional codes and federal regulations to highlight ethical practices and paradoxes of deception research involving children. The discussion is organized around 4 key decision points for the conduct of responsible deception research involving children: (a) evaluating the scientific validity and social value of deception research within the context of alternative methodologies, (b) avoiding and minimizing experimental risk, (c) the use of child assent procedures as questionable ethical safeguards, and (d) debriefing as both remedy and risk.

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