Measuring Coercion to Participate in Research Within a Doubly Vulnerable Population: Initial Development of the Coercion Assessment Scale
Dugosh, Karen Leggett
Festinger, David S.
Croft, Jason R.
Marlowe, Douglas B.
Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics 2010 March; 5(1): 93-102
Despite many efforts aimed to ensure that research participation is autonomous and not coerced, there exists no reliable and valid measure of perceived coercion for the doubly vulnerable population of substance-abusing offenders. The current study describes the development and initial validation of an instrument measuring perceived coercion to participate in research among substance-abusing offenders. The results indicated that a substantial number of individuals report feeling coerced to participate in the study. In addition, the instrument has adequate levels of internal consistency, a one-dimensional factor structure, and evidence of discriminative validity. This study provides initial support for the instrument's validity and clinical utility.
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