Ethical Standards Case Review

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Ethical Considerations 1 Running head: RESEARCH METHOLOGY CASE REVIEW Ethical Considerations for Working With Children Research Methodology Case Review Name University Ethical Considerations 2 Ethical Considerations for Working With Children Research Methodology Case Review The psychological assessment of personality, cognitive functioning, or intelligence is a sensitive professional action that should be completed with utmost concern for the well-being of the client and his or her family (Matarazzo, 1990). Professional psychology organisations such as the Australian Psychological Association (APA) and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) publish formal ethical principals for practitioners to adhere to. This essay is in response to a You Tube clip of university students conducting Piagetian tasks and will discuss breaches and possible breaches of the NHMRC ethical guidelines. This essay will also discuss the university student’s research methodology and provide suggestions for improvement. According to the NHMRC National Statement, in addition to ethical responsibilities pertaining to all research participants, the following ethical guidelines are to be considered when working with children and young people: (a) research merit and integrity; (b) justice; (c) beneficence; (d) respect; (e) standing parental consent; and (f) best interests of the child. Given the students were university students, it can be assumed that the students obtained parental and participant consent. Young children and minors cannot participate in a research project unless a parent or legal guardian signs approval on their behalf (Dunn, 2009). Although young children cannot provide true informed consent, an expressed willingness to participate (assent), should always be obtained from the participants themselves

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