Ethical considerations in mental health research for evidence-based practice

Harris, Nonie (2014) Ethical considerations in mental health research for evidence-based practice. In: Francis, Abraham P., (ed.) Social Work in Mental Health: areas of practice, challenges and way forward. SAGE Publications, New Delhi, India, pp. 265-275.

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[Extract] The purpose of this chapter is to explore ethical research practice in the field of mental health and in doing so, to contribute to the overall development of the research capacity of mental health practitioners and researchers (Gould 2010). Social work practice is changing; research is now an integral part of practice. The need for practitioners to be able to engage in research is becoming more important for clients, organisations and communities. We should assume that research and practice are not mutually exclusive and that as practitioners, committed to social justice and human rights, we are also social researchers who embrace these same commitments. This chapter explores the link between socially just practice, research and ethics and highlights the political nature of not only knowledge creation but also the relationship between a researcher and the researched. The chapter concludes that our commitment to our clients and their communities is strengthened not only by an evidence base but also by ethical research practice that embodies and manifests the principles of human rights and social justice.

Item ID: 34447
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-81-321-1740-7
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2014 23:53
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160703 Social Program Evaluation @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940199 Community Service (excl. Work) not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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