Week 8 discussion

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Unit 8 discussion 

8 (A)
 For this discussion, provide a case study example to illustrate an ethical dilemma where one of the following issues is of concern: informed consent, deception, extra credit, paying participants, informing of withdrawal. Make sure to describe how you would resolve this ethical dilemma as per the BACB ethical guidelines.

The Kaplan University IRB
Review the materials listed on the IRB Share point where it says “Initial Starter Kit” – and click on “Exempt” and “Non-exempt” status proposals for more information.  Discuss the different types of ‘exempt’ status research studies.  Provide an example of a hypothetical research study within your area of emphasis that fits into one of these exempt status categories. Why would this proposal be considered ‘exempt’?  

Reading Summary or Overview
In this unit, you will learn about the BACB ethical guidelines for conducting research, as well as the policies and procedures for the Kaplan University Institutional Review Board.  

Chapter 15: "The Behavior Analyst and Research"
See link for chapter 15 

Web Reading Summary and link:

Unit 8 Key Terms
Informed consent: 
A signed statement acknowledging awareness of any risks or benefits involved with participation in the research, and accepting responsibility for these associated benefits/risks.
Intentionally misleading research participants in order to more effectively test the research hypotheses.
Taking time at the end of the study to ensure that any harm which resulted from participation was removed before subjects are dismissed.
 Institutional Review Board: A committee of practitioners, laymen, and other individuals within the community who review research proposals to ensure that they comply with the BACB ethical guidelines.
Exempt status: 
Research that does not involved the direct use of participants and that also uses data that is currently available for exploration.
Research protocol: 
A research proposal that is not yet approved.
Do no harm: 
The ethical guideline which researchers must uphold ensuring that every
possible step has been taken to avoid harming the participants. Anonymity: Protecting the names and identities of the research subjects.
 Allowing participants to withdraw from the study at any point in time without penalty or harm.
Extra credit: 
Allowing students to earn extra credit for their participation in a research study as long as there is an alternative assignment offered for the same amount of credit.
Withholding payment: 
Financial payment is withheld for non-participation or ending the study early only if this is clearly stated at the beginning of the study.

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