Collecting Informed Consent with Juvenile Justice Populations: Issues and Implications for Research
Article first published online: 29 APR 2013
Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Behavioral Sciences & the Law
Volume 31, Issue 4, pages 457–476, July/August 2013
How to Cite
Wolbransky, M., Goldstein, N. E. S., Giallella, C. and Heilbrun, K. (2013), Collecting Informed Consent with Juvenile Justice Populations: Issues and Implications for Research. Behav. Sci. Law, 31: 457–476. doi: 10.1002/bsl.2068
- Issue published online: 4 AUG 2013
- Article first published online: 29 APR 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 7 JAN 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 11 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Received: 10 JUL 2012
Researchers must provide participants with opportunities to make informed decisions about whether to participate in research studies. Investigators conducting research with youth in the juvenile justice system face unique ethical, legal, and practical challenges to obtaining informed consent. Juvenile justice researchers must navigate multiple legal and ethical standards for collecting informed consent, take into account youths’ dual vulnerabilities as children and prisoners, and overcome practical limitations to obtaining parental/guardian permission. Given the challenges and complexity of obtaining standard informed consent of youth in juvenile justice facilities, this paper provides suggestions for overcoming obstacles to recruiting these youth for research participation. It offers guidance for fostering the enrollment of juvenile justice youth in research studies using procedures that comply with ethical and legal standards for research with this dually vulnerable population. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.