Chapter 3 Learning Objectives: 

  1. Express social scientists’ ethical obligations with respect to data collection and analysis.
  2. Explain the four major ethical issues in the treatment of research participants: potential harm, informed consent, deception, and privacy invasion.
  3. Be familiar with federal regulations and professional guidelines concerning the ethical treatment of research participants.
  4. Apply the process of ethical decision-making to your own research.
  5. Explain why social scientists must be aware of the influence of values on their work.
  6. Describe social scientists’ ethical responsibilities with regard to the application of their research findings outside the scientific community.