General ethical principles

A. Beneficence and Non-Harmfulness: Research is aimed at developing knowledge through interventions that cannot cause physical or moral harm to participants.
B. Loyalty and responsibility: Researchers build trusting relationships with their partners and take personal responsibility for their choices.
C. Integrity: The duty of honesty is essential in respecting the work of others and in maintaining high professional skills.
D. Justice: Researchers are careful not to introduce inequalities or discrimination into their practices.
E. Respect for the rights and dignity of individuals: Researchers shall seek the free and informed consent of participants in implemented interventions, and shall respect confidentiality and privacy.

SPECIFIC ETHIC PRINCIPLES (see the page of useful links, and in particular section 8 of the A.P.A. Code and the SFP Code of Conduct)

- Request for institutional approval: researchers undertake to respect ethical principles by submitting their project to the body set up by the institution and undertake not to substantially modify this project during its implementation.
- Exemptions: studies using elements available in the public domain, post-analysis of archived data and tests carried out in the context of an educational process do not require a formal request for approval.
- Respect for anonymity - Participants' agreement to the use of audio or video recordings and their image
- The total or partial concealment of elements of the study must be justified on scientific grounds and by the absence of alternatives; it must be explained a posteriori to participants who retain the right to request the erasure of data.
- Post-clearance feedback (debriefing): the right of participants to receive understandable information on the results of the study (and compensation for any damage).


Resources :
KIMMEL, A.J. (1996). Ethical issues in behavioral research: a survey. Oxford: Blackwell (BPSP rating: BF76.5-K 498)

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