waht is the significance of ethics in social research?

give examples too?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    ethical living the future way for better living

  • 1 decade ago

    Another is the Stanford Prison experiments. The experimenter randomly divided the participants into "prisoners" and "guards." Then they were to live in prison-like conditions for three months. The result was much worse than anyone could have predicted; the "guards" started seriously abusing their power over the "prisoners" so badly that the whole experiment was canceled after two weeks.

    The point is that the one thing you do NOT want to do in social research through experiments or sampling is change your subjects, especially for the worse. Social scientists' goal is to be a observing non-participant (even though sometimes they are a participant). The significance of ethics in social research is for the protection of the subjects who should not compromise their lives for the purpose of educating social science

    Source(s): I also have a B.A. in Sociology
  • 1 decade ago

    Ethical regulations in social research are significant because they prevent any abuse or permanent damage to participants in experiments or studies. The best example of why ethical guidelines were created is the Stanley Milgram experiment, where they had people think they were giving electric shocks to others if they answered questions incorrectly. It revealed that people are very much controlled by authority figures, but harmed the participants long term because of the stress they were under when they thought they were torturing other human beings. (no one actually got shocked, they just faked the screams)

    Source(s): B.A. in sociology
  • 1 decade ago

    Not to cause harm to those participating in the studies.

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