Principles, virtues and care: ethical dilemmas in research with male sex offenders

COWBURN, M. (2010). Principles, virtues and care: ethical dilemmas in research with male sex offenders. Psychology, crime and law, 16 (1-2), 65-74.

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Abstract

This paper considers ethical dilemmas associated with research with male sex offenders. It examines two particular areas in detail: dealing with the disclosure of previously undisclosed offences and managing the distress of research participants during interview. Within these areas there is discussion of ethical approaches to research. Principle-based approaches offer abstract guidelines that help to resolve certain issues, but at times they may fail to be sufficiently flexible in complex situations. Character-relationship approaches to ethics are more concerned with the practical process of research and focus on the dynamic aspects of ethical conduct in research practice. However, ethical approaches to research do not stand separate from other methodological issues. The paper considers the relationship between epistemological positions and ethical approaches and explores this through the analysis of a case study.

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Additional Information: This is the author's version of an article published in COWBURN, M. (2010). Principles, virtues and care: ethical dilemmas in research with male sex offenders. Psychology, crime and law, 16 (1-2), 65-74. Psychology, crime and law is available online at: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/1068316x.html.
Uncontrolled Keywords: ethics, research methodologies, epistemology, sex offenders
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Hallam Centre for Community Justice
Identification Number: 10.1080/10683160802621974
Depositing User: Caroline Fixter
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2010 12:52
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2011 00:18
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1318

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