I’m studying for my Psychology class and need an explanation.
The Belmont Report. (1979, April 18). U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
Read the copy of The Belmont Report identified in Books & Resources. Pay special attention to the principle of justice in choosing research participants.
For this assignment, prepare a paper that describes the three main ethical principles for research as outlined in The Belmont Report. Then, using the principle of justice, evaluate the following research scenario research to determine if subject selection followed this principle.
Suppose that you want to study antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) and its impact(s) on the community and community members. For this study, you decide you will take a sample of inmates from a local prison and determine rates of ASPD in that facility, determine quantitatively how this has impacted their community at large (e.g., crime rates), and how it impacts the prison community (e.g., rates of violence or other antisocial behavior within the prison). Furthermore, you want to understand how this impacts those with ASPD as well. To do this, you will interview a large group of inmates at the facility and determine how this diagnosis and the behaviors associated with it has impacted them. For this study, you are not offering any treatment for ASPD.
Using the principle of justice, you will reflect on the following questions:
- Does the subject selection sufficiently reflect diversity to make the results of the study generalizable to a general population?
- Were individuals chosen as participants who can expect to benefit from the study?
- In the case that a diverse group was chosen as the only participants, does this reflect a particular logic or reasoning from within the study, or does this reflect a convenience selection?
Be sure your paper addresses these and other issues.
Length: 4-6 pages. You do not need to include resources other than the ones identified in the assignment.
Your paper should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts that are presented in the course, and provide new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards. Be sure to adhere to Northcentral University’s Academic Integrity Policy.