Ethical Considerations In Research

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2.4 Procedure
Before the interviews commenced, each participant was reminded their participation was voluntary and they could leave at any time and they were under no obligation to answer questions which they deemed too sensitive. Once the researcher had established there were no further questions, the participants were invited to sign an informed consent form and fundamental demographic information, as detailed above in table 1, was collated with the use of a short questionnaire.
The first interview was conducted as a pilot study, which whilst providing enriched data, was also proposed to determine any flaws and revisions which could then be implemented before continuing the research with the remaining participants and thus giving the overall study a more uniformed and viable approach (Kvale, 2007). However, following this pilot interview the researcher deemed all questions to be appropriate and they were included in the
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The hypothesis behind ethical research is to ensure no harm is caused (Orb, Eisenhauer & Wynaden, 2000) and although it was envisaged there would be minimal risk pertaining to participants during this study, as they were all accredited and experienced therapists and so not deemed a vulnerable group, the researcher was aware there was always a possibility that unintended distress or vicarious trauma could arise at any time due to the sensitive nature of the subject matter and was therefore conscious of her duty and responsibility to protect the participants at all times (Orb et al,
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