How do research ethics committee members respond to hypothetical studies with children? Results from the MESSI Study

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Taplin, Stephanie, Chalmers, Jenny, Brown, Judith, Moore, Tim, Graham, Anne and McArthur, Morag. (2022). How do research ethics committee members respond to hypothetical studies with children? Results from the MESSI Study. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics. 17(3), pp. 254-266. https://doi.org/10.1177/15562646221087530
AuthorsTaplin, Stephanie, Chalmers, Jenny, Brown, Judith, Moore, Tim, Graham, Anne and McArthur, Morag
Abstract

Hypothetical scenarios were used to assess the influence of the sensitivity of the study topic, payments, and study methods on research ethics committee (HREC) members’ approval of social research studies involving children. A total of 183 Australian HREC members completed an online survey. The higher the perceived sensitivity of the study topic, the less likely the study would be approved by an HREC member. HREC members were most likely to approve each of the hypothetical studies if no payment was offered. Payment was the most common reason for not approving the low risk studies, while risks were the most common reasons for not approving the more sensitive studies. Face-to-face interviews conducted at home with children elicited substantially higher rates of approval from HREC members with more sensitive study topics. Both HRECs and researchers may benefit from additional guidance on managing risks and payments for children and young people in research.

Keywordsbehavioral social science research; children and adolescent/pediatrics; decision making capacity/surrogate decision makers; IRB performance/quality/assessment/evaluation; justice/participant selection/inclusion/recruitment; parental consent/child assent; payment for research participation; research ethics committee/IRB review; risks; benefits; burdens of research/ beneficence and nonMaleficence; vignette studies
Year2022
JournalJournal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics
Journal citation17 (3), pp. 254-266
PublisherSAGE Publications
ISSN1556-2646
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/15562646221087530
PubMed ID35301891
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85126616941
Page range254-266
FunderAustralian Research Council (ARC)
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Online18 Mar 2022
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Accepted24 Feb 2022
Deposited28 Apr 2023
ARC Funded ResearchThis output has been funded, wholly or partially, under the Australian Research Council Act 2001
Grant IDDP150100864
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