Ethical issues in research on adolescent depression and suicidal behaviour

Shochet, Ian M. & O'Gorman, J. G. (1995) Ethical issues in research on adolescent depression and suicidal behaviour. Australian Psychologist, 30(3), pp. 183-186.

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Argues that the codes of ethical conduct of the Australian Psychological Society and the American Psychological Association imply that researchers of adolescent depression and suicidal behavior must plan to intervene to assess risk where a participant in a study indicates an intention to commit suicide. Participants in research of this kind need to be advised of this possibility in advance. The obligation to intervene, and to advise of the possibility of intervention, poses practical and methodological problems for research in this area but does not, it is argued, absolve the researcher of the primary responsibility to contribute to the welfare of the research participant. This obligation exists only when there is indication of harm but not, for instance, in the case of depression without suicidal intent.

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ID Code: 49539
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Attempted Suicide, Major Depression, Professional Standards, Privileged Communication, Professional Organizations, Experimental Ethics, Experimental Subjects
DOI: 10.1080/00050069508258930
ISSN: 0005-0067
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Deposited On: 23 May 2012 23:36
Last Modified: 23 May 2012 23:36

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