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Ethical Considerations

Ethical Considerations of Our Interviews

The way we will insure that participants will be fully informed of the research purpose, is by giving them a detailed outline of what we are researching, the background and explaining to them the emotional risks of reliving the abuse, during the process of our interview and discussion on the matter.

We will make sure that our participants are voluntarily involved, by having the option of signing up for the research themselves. We wont push the subject on them, but give them the opportunity to choose the research they want to be a part of. We will give them the option, whether they want to be anonymous or reveal their identity. It wont be a requirement during the interview process to reveal your identity. If they choose to stay anonymous, we will give them signed documentation, stating that their identity will not be revealed.

Since our study is based on interview, we wont have any physical risks, but having the participants relive the experiences they went through, may have a negative impact on their emotional wellbeing. The way we will try to prevent the negative impact is by bringing up the subject in a sensitive way, sometimes speaking out about such matters, helps the person feel better. From experience of interviewing someone about domestic violence, if brought the person to tears, but after the interview, they felt that it was for a good cause, and bringing awareness to help prevent the abuse.

One potential bias that can occur during our research is race. People may assume, that only certain races have the highest rate of abuse. The way we will ensure that our findings are impartial, is by having participants from many different races. We will keep our findings secure by having our interview recording and interview transcript stored safely in a locked filing cabinet and the names of the participants stored separately on a computer with a password.

Since our research is interview based, it can be used in a negative way by having the readers get the wrong message from the study. For example, the reader may think that only certain races, or neighborhoods are likely to abuse their kids. While others don’t have any abuse at all, which is false, because even if some races or neighborhoods have a higher percentage of the abuse, this does not mean that these other races and neighborhoods don’t have it at all.

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