Ethics research | CJUS 750 – Qualitative Methods of Research | Liberty University

Ethics Paper

This paper requires the student to
justify their actions when faced with an ethical dilemma.  Choose one of the following ethical dilemmas
and reflect upon what you would do if you were the researcher.

You are interviewing college women who are
anorexic, but whose anorexia is no longer active, about their schooling
experiences. You have arranged to interview each of your participants at least
five times over two consecutive semesters. During the third interview with one
participant, just after the winter holidays, you begin to suspect that her
anorexia is active again because of her obvious weight loss and a few of her
comments. When you ask her how her health is, she replies that she is feeling
great. What do you do?

You are working on an intellectual biography of
a well-respected police chief. Most of your interviews are with the chief who
has obviously consented to your request to compose an intellectual biography,
including some attention to his formative years. You are reading all of his
published works and interviewing some family members as well as significant
colleagues. In the process, you uncover some potentially damaging or, at the
least, unflattering information about his private life. What do you do?

You are inquiring into a refugee resettlement
program in a small southern city, with particular interest in educational
aspects and community involvement. Through development of rapport and time
spent volunteering with the program, you begin to learn how an early immigrant
is seemingly taking financial advantage of recent refugees. He is charging for
information and services that should be provided through the settlement program
and people are going to him, rather than trying to get their needs met through
the program. You want to protect the new refugees from exploitation and to
report the behavior of the earlier immigrant, yet you also worry that perhaps
you don’t fully understand what is happening culturally. What do you do?

Write on the potential ethical issues
that might arise during the study you choose. What can you do to minimize their
potential? What would you do if faced with your ethical concerns?



Assignment Specifics:

Student will write a 10-12 paper (choose from one
of the three)

Citations from 10 scholarly sources

Citations from any of the required reading/presentations
from the assigned module

APA format

  • Textbooks:
    Glesne: chapter 6
  • O’Leary:
    chapter 4

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