Megan Response

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In reviewing scenario A (National Academy Press, 2009) dealing with the conflict of commitment, there are few things that stand out from this scenario. First, the graduate student originally was not aware that the research that she was conducting was not supported by a federal grand, and instead it was supported by a grant from a single company. Second Sandra could not explore some of the basic question raised by her work and could not develop her own ideas in other areas. Third, the issue of confidentiality statements that other graduates students signed which limited cooperation and seeking advice among graduates students. The bottom-line question is, can Sandra get credit for her work, and could she later pursue the unanswered basic question during her research? To answer the above questions, first lets review the APA (2010) paragraph 1.03, which allows the psychologist to clarify and resolve the conflict with the organization that he or she is affiliated with, and 3.06 states Psychologists refrain from taking on a professional role when relationships could reasonably be expected to impair their objectivity, competence or effectiveness in performing their functions as psychologists. These two article provided Sandra with enough ammunition to ensure that her research was not influenced by the company which was supporting her research. However although enough details have been given on the nature of the research, however we know that Sandra did not receive a full disclosure on the sponsorship of her research, which lead to the speculation that she did sign the informed consent form. Because Creswell (2009) listed the elements consent form, which include identification of the researcher, identification for the sponsoring in... ... middle of paper ... ...he fact that she could not carry out many experiments to explore some of the raised questions, and develop her own ideas in other area (National Academy Press, 2009). She did not have a clear understanding of her limitation about the research that she was conducting. As far as publishing, Sandra might run into a case with publication of her work, where she duplicate the published research results by either Dr. Frederick or the single company supporting the research. Although researchers should not engage in duplicate or redundant publication (Creswell, 2009) and per APA (2010) paragraph 8.13, however there is no limitation, unless noted on research proposal, on her pursuing her ideas later on to be able to answer those basic questions raised during her research then publish it to include more data, new discussions and conclusions, and cite previous research work.

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