Addressing Current and Planning for Future Ethical Issues in Child Maltreatment Research

Professional and Policy Ethical Decision Making
  • Alexander J. Tymchuk
Part of the Issues in Clinical Child Psychology book series (ICCP)


Although the ethical challenges facing investigators in planning for and performing child maltreatment research are being recognized, formal discussion is just beginning regarding the complexities of those ethical questions, regarding the methods available to aid investigators in the identification of the issues, and regarding how investigators might learn acceptable ways in which to address those issues. Also, there has been little discussion regarding how investigators can best be informed about past and current ethical issues, about the guides that were available at those times to address the issues and how the results of the application of those guides might be applied to specific circumstances today. Ethics education in professional curricula, for example, has been very limited; this has resulted in inconsistency of interpretation of current ethical guidelines, especially regarding novel or less familiar ethical dilemmas (see, e.g., Rae & Worchel, 1991; Tymchuk, 1985; Tymchuk et al., 1979, 1982).


Child Maltreatment Intellectual Disability Ethical Decision Ethical Dilemma Consent Process 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexander J. Tymchuk
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  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry, School of MedicineUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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