There has been a recent increase in public attention to health disparities in the incidence and treatment of suicide, substance abuse and sexual health risks among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth (LGBTY). Although there is clearly a need for prevention and treatment programs for LGBTY under the age of 18, few such programs exist, due in substantial part to limited research knowledge. Fordham University Center for Ethics Education Director Dr. Celia B. Fisher and Fordham HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute faculty member Dr. Brian Mustanski address this issue in a recent article in The Hastings Center Report.
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RETI Cohort 1& 2 Fellows and Faculty
Six Fordham University HIV Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute (RETI) Fellows recently published articles in a special issue of the Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics (JERHRE). The special issue highlights recent innovative research and scholarship on ethical issues critical to the responsible conduct of HIV prevention research.
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Tagged Brenda L. Curtis, Celia B. Fisher, Cynthia R. Pearson, Elizabeth Reed, Fordham University HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute, HIV Prevention, JERHRE, Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, Kristen Underhill, Kristin M. Kostick, Lianne Urada, Research Ethics, Special issue
How do you measure research on research ethics?
The Fordham University Center for Ethics Education in partnership with the HIV Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute has recently introduced Research Ethics Scales and Measures, a continuously-updated evidence-based research ethics resources website for investigators who wish to use scales and measures to study all aspects of research ethics.
The website contains an extensive bibliography on quantitative approaches to research on research ethics which is divided into the following categories: Consent Assessment & Enhancement, Institutional Review Boards, Investigator and Institutional Perspectives, and Participant Perspectives.
In addition to the website, the scales and measures are also available on this blog.
We welcome submissions of scales and measures on research on research ethics. Please contact Elizabeth Yuko (firstname.lastname@example.org) with submissions or for more details.
Many of the ethical challenges faced by researchers conducting community-based studies with persons addicted to street drugs can be understood in terms of the “scientist-citizen dilemma.” This dilemma arises when researcher’s ethical obligation to produce scientifically valid knowledge conflicts with their sense of moral responsibility to help participants living in poverty with little access to treatment.
Frontline research staff engaged in the practical process of moral agency who encounter such dilemmas on a daily basis often experience moral stress when they cannot actualize these dual values via their work. Such stress may lead them to take actions that while assisting research participants in need jeopardize the validity of the study conducted. In a recent article, Dr. Celia B. Fisher and her colleagues examined the consequences of moral stress among drug use community researchers and the organizational climates that can reduce or exacerbate these moral conflicts.
To read the full article, please see:
Fisher, C. B., True, G., Alexander, L., & Fried, A. L. (2013). Moral stress, moral practice, and ethical climate in community-based drug-use research: Views from the front line. AJOB Primary Research, 4(3), 27-38.
Posted in Bioethics, Contemporary Ethical Issues, Evidence-Based Ethics
Tagged Adam L. Fried, Celia B. Fisher, Ethics, Frontline, Mental Health Researchers, Moral Agency, Moral responsibility, Moral Stress, Morality, Research, Researchers, Scientist-Citizen Dilemma, United States