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Ethical issues in youth surveys: Potentials for conducting a national questionnaire study on adolescent schoolchildren's sexual experiences with adults

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Source
American Journal of Public Health. 2003 Nov;93(11):1878-1882
Publication Type
Article
Date
Nov-2003
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Author
Helweg-Larsen, K
Bøving-Larsen, H
Author Affiliation
National Institute of Public Health, Copenhagen, Denmark. khl@niph.dk
Source
American Journal of Public Health. 2003 Nov;93(11):1878-1882
Date
Nov-2003
Language
English
Geographic Location
Denmark
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Adolescent
Adolescent Psychology
Child
Child Abuse, Sexual - psychology - statistics & numerical data
Child Advocacy - ethics
Data Collection - ethics
Denmark - epidemiology
Ethics Committees, Research
Ethics, Research
Health Surveys
Humans
Longitudinal Studies
Mandatory Reporting - ethics
Parental Consent - ethics
Personal Autonomy
Questionnaires
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Schools - ethics
Abstract
OBJECTIVES: We evaluated ethical constraints concerning youth surveys on child sexual abuse (CSA). METHODS: We reviewed internationally published studies and Danish regulations concerning school-based surveys conducted without active parental consent. RESULTS: Ethical constraints concerning participants in youth community studies have been scantily assessed. Danish legislation accords minors the right to be heard on issues concerning themselves. The anticipated societal benefits of children's participation in community studies justify conducting anonymous surveys among schoolchildren based upon their own informed consent. CONCLUSIONS: No ethical or legal objections were found to conducting an anonymous survey in Denmark on CSA among 9th-grade pupils without parental consent, provided that the survey was accompanied by an offer of counseling.
PubMed ID
14600056 View in PubMed
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