In this chapter we review seriatim several issues in the ethical field. These can constitute a set of initial considerations that researchers should address in planning research:

O informed consent O gaining access to and acceptance in the

research setting O the nature of ethics in social research generally O sources of tension in the ethical debate,

including non-maleficence, beneficence and human dignity, absolutist and relativist ethics

O problems and dilemmas confronting the researcher, including matters of privacy, anonymity, confidentiality, betrayal and deception

O ethical problems endemic in particular research methods

O ethics and evaluative research O regulatory ethical frameworks, guidelines and

codes of practice for research O personal codes of practice O sponsored research O responsibilities to the research community.