Ethical Standards Summary – Obesity

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Write a 500- to 750-word summary of the ethical issues that affect your selected research question and methodology, including the following:

  • Write a brief statement of the research question.
  • List the possible ethical issues, such as consideration of characteristics of your sample, type of data collection, potential for bias, and so forth.
  • Identify and cite the APA ethical standard concerning the issue.
  • Respond to each issue, specifying how you, the researcher, will minimize or eliminate it.
  • Please review the grading rubric prior to submitting your assignment.



Ethical Standards Summary – Obesity

Nasser Y Miranda

University of Phoenix

February 25th, 2019

Ethical Standards Summary – Obesity

There are several factors that contribute to the high prevalence of obesity among children in United States. The conversation over time has been narrowed down to just two issues; lack of activities and fast foods (Sales & Folkman, 2000). What causes rather contributes to the high prevalence of obesity among children below age 16 years is the general question. This is your “general question” or a question of the public? However, the focus will be on fast foods and lack of physical activities among others. Are you suggesting here that the focus of your research will be on the effects of fast food and lack of physical activity? How could you make that clearer?

There are several ethical issues that align with conducting research. The issues that arise when conducting or preparing to conduct research include the need to do good to the study participants and the data collected must reflect the real situation of the research subject (American Psychological Association, 1992 if you’re using the Code of Ethics from 1992, you’re using an outdated version and you need the most current). This also means that the researcher must ensure that all potential sample [Awkward and vague phrasing—Please rewrite for greater clarity.] is given some chances to be included in the study as participants. Secondly, the other ethical issue that will be present in this study is the need to do no harm in the process. The need to do no harm is very involving and several aspects of ethical conducts. [Awkward and vague phrasing—Please rewrite for greater clarity.] The ethical issue encompasses the fact that there is an informed consent, minimize the risks of harm to the sample, participants have the right to withdraw and give their uninfluenced opinion, not to be deceptive deceived?, and ensure anonymity and confidentiality (Sales & Folkman, 2000). The other ethical issue that may arise in the process of conducting a research is the idea of a researcher becoming biased; doing something that can influence the outcome of the study. [The essay contains many awkward or unclear phrases. Reading the essay aloud will help you locate these phrases and other problem areas. Please see the Grammar and Writing Guides in the Tutorials & Guides section of the Center for Writing Excellence for more information.]

American Association of Psychologists The American Psychological Association (APA) has established ethical standards that researchers must observe to ensure that they conduct their research within ethical boundaries. The ethical standards recommend that any forms of intellectual properties are discussed forthrightly. This will ensure no issue arise during acknowledgement of authorship (American Psychological Association, 1992). The standard also requires that researchers should be conscious of multiple roles they have to play in the study. The researcher must ensure that the informed consent rules are followed to the later and confidentiality and privacy is taken into consideration. These standards are included in the (APA, 2000) that was authored by Sales, B.D., & Folkman, S. (Eds.). this is not APA formatted

You list a number of ethical issues in paragraph #2 that are not addressed (linked to the specific APA standards) in paragraph 3. How could you more effectively address each of your ethical considerations and clearly link them to specific APA standards?

Several mechanisms can be used by the researchers to ensure that the ethical issues that may arise from research are addressed rather avoided (American Psychological Association, 1992). Top begin with, the researcher must first ensure that all ethical principles that are involved rather guide researches are adhered to. In this regard, consent must be approved, confidentiality and privacy of the participants must be adhered to and the researcher must ensure that no harm in general is exposed to the participants. To ensure that good is done in the research, the researcher must not involve in any form of deceptive activities that may include doctoring the outcomes of the primary data to fit the interest of the researcher as this will only damage the data collected (Sales & Folkman, 2000). Lastly, the researcher must not have sides in the subject under the research. Having a side while mean that the researcher has already informed opinion which will enhance the level of biases.

References reference page does not follow APA formatting guidelines

American Psychological Association. (1992). Ethical principles of psychologists (Amended June 2, 1989). American Psychologist, 45, 390-395. Outdated ethical standards.

Sales, B.D., & Folkman, S. (Eds.). (2000). Ethics in research with human participants. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.