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Title:Concerns about Child Subject Research in Botswana: A Call for Establishing Structures and Guidelines that Protect Children
Authors:Maundeni, TapologoISNI
Levers, Lisa L.
Year:2005
Periodical:African Sociological Review (ISSN 1027-4332)
Volume:9
Issue:2
Pages:153-167
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Botswana
Southern Africa
Subjects:research
children
ethics
children's rights
Bibliography/Research
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
law
Children--Research
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/afrisocirevi.9.2.153
Abstract:The numerous psychosocial problems that children experience in contemporary Botswana have led to an increase in child subject research projects. This paper examines factors associated with child subject research and advances arguments that favour the articulation of explicit guidelines and protocols for research conducted with anyone under age. It offers a brief history of the ethics of human subject research and discusses the reality of contemporary research with children in Botswana against the backdrop of international ethical standards. Issues that need attention include how to avoid exposing children to stress; how to ensure that children's rights are protected; and how to ensure that scientifically qualified researchers are also adequately trained in relevant aspects of child development and related child concerns. The paper concludes with recommendations for policymaking aimed at protecting the interests of children in Botswana. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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