Informed Consent From Adults

Informed Consent From Adults
Martyn Hammersley
SAGE Research Methods Foundations, 9 September 2019
Informed consent is widely regarded as a highly desirable, or even essential, basis for people’s participation in social research projects. This is true whether the participants are adults or children. It involves people deciding whether or not they are willing to participate, researchers giving them all the relevant information required to make a sound decision, and allowing them to withdraw from participation at any time. In the case of children, and some categories of “vulnerable” adults (e.g., those with learning difficulties), there can be challenging issues about how, and from whom, informed consent should be sought. However, there are also some more general questions about whether obtaining informed consent is always required, what it entails, and what function it serves. This entry focuses specifically on …

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