Participant Confidentiality : Information And Individual Responses

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Participant Confidentiality Participants must be guaranteed that identifying information and individual responses will not be shared with anyone who is not involved in the study. The researcher is responsible for protecting the confidential communications between themselves and the participants; this includes papers or grants submitted for publication, personnel records, trade or military secrets, and patient records. For the proposed study it would include surveys, questionnaires, and background information that may have been obtained prior to beginning the study (Ambery, & Steinbrunner, 2007). Participant Consent As expected by the American Counseling Association (2014), research should be based on participants ' freely volunteered informed consent. Counselors (as researchers) have a responsibility to provide a full explanation of what the research is about and how it will be disseminated to the participants. Before the study begins, the participants should have an opportunity to ask questions about what they will experience and what the results may mean. The participants should know that as a volunteer they have the right to refuse to participate. As such, the researcher is ultimately responsible for anticipating and guarding participants against potential harmful consequences. The research that this learner is proposing will require informed consent from the subjects that will be studied. This is a Qualitative Research Study that will use the
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