Unethical Issues : Ethical Issues In The Homeless Population?

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Homeless individuals are a vulnerable population, because they have encountered a lot of things in their life such as mental illness, depression, and are subjected to many other factors that make them vulnerable. The homeless population consists of many different ethnic backgrounds. In the book, the hypothetical scenario is that “a researcher poses as a homeless person to conduct field research on what it means to live as a homeless person—how he/she gets food, money, and shelter, build relationships, and so forth. The researcher intends to create a performance piece out of the research findings” (Leavy, 2017, p. 52). If this research were to be conducted there would be a lot of potential ethical issues in place the IRB would revoke the research and not allow it to take place until those ethical issues are gone. “IRBs are established in universities to ensure that ethical standards are applied” (Leavy, 2017, p. 33). In the hypothetical scenario, the ethical issues that are evident are honesty and integrity, informed consent, language, reporting back, and change.
Researchers should be honest about who they are and be able to answer questions about the research they are conducting. It is understandable that one might want to put themselves in another person’s shoes and try to connect and understand that population, but when conducting a research, it is not ethical to deceive participants by portraying to be someone that you are not. “It is important to demonstrate an ethic

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