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2018 | Special Issue 2018 | 200-217

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Carrying Out Research Among Persons with Disabilities and their Relatives – Selected Ethical Issues


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The paper tackles issues related to selected both ethical and practical aspects of conducting research among persons with disabilities and their relatives that constitute a vulnerable social group. The author analyzes its consequences in the research process, discusses the significance of the research problem undertaken both for the development of academic knowledge and for research participants, and analyzes the conditions for obtaining informed consent. Limits of sociological interview and researcher’s engagement are also discussed.






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  • Collegium Civitas, Warsaw, Poland


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This article is a translated and modified version of the text that was published in the previous issue of “Zoon Politikon”. See: Marta Sałkowska, Wybrane etyczne aspekty realizacji badań wśród osób z niepełnosprawnościami i ich bliskich, "Zoon Politikon" (8) 2017, DOI: 10.4467/2543408XZOP.17.003.9267.

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