The Ethical Implications of Conducting Psychological Research on the Internet

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Wishart, Madeline and Kostanski, Marion (2004) The Ethical Implications of Conducting Psychological Research on the Internet. In: Psychological science in action : proceedings of the 39th APS Annual Conference, 29 September - 3 October, Sydney NSW. Australian Psychological Society , Sydney, N.S.W, pp. 311-315.


With an estimated 945 million online users in the year 2004, the Internet provides psychologists with a unique opportunity to gain insight into a myriad of psychological constructs and phenomena in nonclinical settings. Transcending geographical barriers, the Internet offers a quick, convenient and inexpensive method of data collection from a large population of widely dispersed participants. Whilst there are significant benefits involved with employing the Internet and its many applications, there is still considerable debate surrounding the use of this methodology. This paper examines the benefits, challenges and ethical considerations involved in undertaking a psychological study on the Internet. Current guidelines for conducting research via the Internet are reviewed and recommendations are made with regard to informed consent, privacy and confidentiality, and debriefing.

Item type Book Section
ISBN 0909881251
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 0807 Library and Information Studies
Historical > FOR Classification > 2299 Other Philosophy and Religious Studies
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Keywords ResPubID7903, information sharing, communication, e-commerce, leisure time, data, pseudonym, public domain, private domain, internet research, online research, psychological research, privacy, confidentiality, informed consent, debriefing, code of ethics
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