Gaining ethical approval for research into sensitive topics: 'Two strikes and you're out?'

Hays, Sarah-Jane and Murphy, Glynis H. and Sinclair, Neil (2003) Gaining ethical approval for research into sensitive topics: 'Two strikes and you're out?'. British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 31 (4). pp. 181-189. ISSN 1354-4187. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Researching sensitive topics, such as the treatment of men with intellectual disabilities and sexually abusive behaviour, present a number of ethical issues for researchers. This paper describes our experiences in working with Multi-Centre Research Ethics Committees on a research proposal designed to assess the efficacy of cognitive behaviour therapy for men with intellectual disabilities who are at risk of sexual offending. After submitting to three Multi-Centre Research Ethics Committees and spending a year trying to get ethical approval, we questioned whether: •   the issue of study design should be part of the Multi-Centre Research Ethics Committees remit; •   Multi-Centre Research Ethics Committees were sufficiently responsive to concerns raised by researchers; •   Multi-Centre Research Ethics Committees always understood the research; and •   the Central Office for Research Ethics Committees should disallow re-submission after rejection by two Multi-Centre Research Ethics Committees (‘two strikes and you’re out').

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Ethical committees; ethics; intellectual disability; sex offenders
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV1568 Disability studies
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Jo Ruffels
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2012 12:57
Last Modified: 29 May 2014 15:42
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/32169 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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