Ethical Dilemmas in Social Research: no easy solutions

Bernard Gallagher, Susan Creighton, Jane Gibbons

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Ethical dilemmas have been encountered in many areas of social research and have at times been the subject of much controversy. Despite this, the problem of how to tackle ethical dilemmas has received little attention in the literature. As a result, researchers faced with these dilemmas have little knowledge to draw upon, and groups associated with research, such as participating agencies and ethics committees, may not fully appreciate all the issues involved in dealing with ethical dilemmas. These issues are not only philosophical in nature but relate also to the methodological and practical implications of following one, rather than another, ethical principle. The researchers encountered a number of ethical dilemmas in their research in child protection. By discussing different approaches to solving ethical dilemmas, they intend to show that this is a complex problem and one which, along with ethics in general, requires greater attention in the literature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)295-311
Number of pages17
JournalBritish Journal of Social Work
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 1995
Externally publishedYes


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