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DuBois, J. (2006). Ethics in behavioral and social science research. In A. Smith Iltis (Ed.), Research Ethics (pp. 102–120). Routledge. https://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/edit/10.4324/9780203799277-12/ethics-behavioral-social-science-research-james-dubois


Nietzsche wrote, “What does not kill me makes me stronger.” But not everyone is dismissive of harms lesser than death, just as not everyone wrests benefits from trials and tribulations. This, in short, explains why we are concerned with ethics in behavioral and social science (BSS) research. BSS research is unlikely to kill anyone, but some of it presents harms that are not insignificant and much of it fails to make us stronger. What follows is a survey of the most common ethical issues that are faced in BSS research along with procedural recommendations that can assist researchers in addressing these issues.