Ethical and legal duties in conducting research on violence: lessons from the MacArthur Risk Assessment StudySystems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center Publications and Presentations
UMMS AffiliationDepartment of Psychiatry
SubjectsAdolescent; Adult; *Behavioral Research; Codes of Ethics; Confidentiality; *Deinstitutionalization; *Ethics, Medical; Female; Humans; Male; Mental Disorders; *Mentally Ill Persons; Moral Obligations; Nontherapeutic Human Experimentation; Occupational Health; *Patient Advocacy; Professional-Patient Relations; Reproducibility of Results; Research Design; Research Personnel; *Research Subjects; Researcher-Subject Relations; Risk Factors; United States; *Violence
AbstractThis article addresses the ethical and legal duties that must be confronted in any study of the risk of interpersonal violence in the community. Ongoing research--the MacArthur Risk Assessment Study--on the markers of violence among released mental patients is taken as illustrative. Methods by which the researchers are discharging their legal and ethical duties are described and justified. Strategies center around the duty to protect research subjects from their own violence, and the duties to protect research staff and third parties from subjects' violence. By airing these rarely discussed issues, the authors hope to initiate a professional dialogue on crucial ethical and legal aspects of the research process.
SourceViolence Vict. 1993 Winter;8(4):387-96.
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Citation InformationJohn Monahan, Paul S. Appelbaum, Edward P. Mulvey, Pamela Clark Robbins, et al.. "Ethical and legal duties in conducting research on violence: lessons from the MacArthur Risk Assessment Study" Vol. 8 Iss. 4 (1993) ISSN: 0886-6708 (Linking)
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