Chapter 9. Research Ethics

  1. Ronald D. Francis

Published Online: 6 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444306514.ch9

Ethics for Psychologists, Second Edition

Ethics for Psychologists, Second Edition

How to Cite

Francis, R. D. (2009) Research Ethics, in Ethics for Psychologists, Second Edition, BPS Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444306514.ch9

Author Information

  1. Monash University, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 7 AUG 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405188784

Online ISBN: 9781444306514



  • research ethics;
  • guiding principle - further one gets from basic form of data the more likelihood there is of error;
  • informed consent - consent be properly informed;
  • issue of informed consent - more complex when applied to particular groups;
  • research participant protection;
  • Additional Principles for Medical Research Combined with Medical Care;
  • payment to research participants;
  • research ethics committees and carefully chosen number of people;
  • conflict of interest and compromising on professional objectivity;
  • debriefing - participants not left with misinformation


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Data: What are Data?

  • Informed Consent

  • Protection of Research Participants

  • Payment to Research Participants

  • Nuremberg Code

  • Research Ethics Committees

  • What is Research?

  • Conflict of Interest

  • Deception

  • Consent

  • Debriefing

  • Research Ethics and the Internet

  • Conclusions