Research in Social Work Name: Educational Institution: Informed Consent importance in research study Informed consent is about providing of relevant information on a research study which enables participants to make appropriate and informed decisions on their participation in the process. It is the procedure of researcher getting permission from participants or participant’s authorized person to conduct the study. Thus informed consent allows participants to voluntarily agree to participate in research or even withdraw from a process based on information availed to them by the researcher. Some of the disclosure information to participants entail study purpose timeframe research procedure benefits and risks. Others are right to withdraw or decline from the study stop exhibiting aggressive behavior until research is over. Ethical issues in research study Several ethical issues govern research studies. One of them is the voluntary participation of respondents. For this to happen the researcher gets informed consent from participants with information on the study including rights of participants. The researcher should not cause harm or distress to participants partly observed through anonymity and also conﬁdentiality especially on crime-related studies. Researchers should desist from bribing and deceiving participants and also ensure no bias and insensitivity towards participants. This should not happen especially among marginalized groups like poor people and drug addicts as all these violates their rights as enshrined in informed consent. [...]
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