A review of the ethics in research on child abuse

Indian J Med Ethics. Jul-Sep 2007;4(3):113-5. doi: 10.20529/IJME.2007.045.


Research on violence and abuse, particularly involving vulnerable groups such as women and children, has many ethical ramifications. There are few published reports in India on ethical guidelines and standards in this area. This paper reviews Child Abuse: India 2007, a study conducted by the ministry of women and child development, government of India. The review highlights the need for conducting an ethical inquiry in this area. Certain concerns about the conduct of the study are raised. Core ethical issues pertaining to consent and refusal, risk and benefit, effects of the study process on the researcher and the researched and the reporting of adverse events are discussed. The ethical implications of the study and ethical responsibilities of the researcher are emphasised.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child Abuse / ethics*
  • Child Abuse / prevention & control
  • Child Abuse / statistics & numerical data
  • Child Advocacy / ethics*
  • Communication
  • Confidentiality / ethics
  • Ethical Analysis
  • Guidelines as Topic
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Humans
  • India / epidemiology
  • Informed Consent / ethics
  • Nontherapeutic Human Experimentation / ethics*
  • Prevalence
  • Publishing / ethics
  • Research Subjects
  • Researcher-Subject Relations / ethics
  • Self Disclosure
  • Vulnerable Populations