Assent and Permission Rejoinder
We share Roberts and Buckloh's (this issue) concern about issues of assent and permission in research with children and agree that our research cannot conclude legitimately that (a) researchers failed to obtain permission/assent, (b) children were put at risk, or (c) failure to report permission/assent procedures was, in any way, unethical. We never made these conclusions. Rather, we argue that publishing assent and permission would enhance compliance with ethical standards, sensitize researchers and readers to its importance, and shift publishing priorities in an appropriate direction.
Ethics & Behavior
Range, L. M.,
Cotton, C. R.
(1995). Assent and Permission Rejoinder. Ethics & Behavior, 5(4), 345-347.
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