Perceptions of Stress Among Students Participating in Psychology Research: A Canadian Survey
Flagel, David C.
Best, Lisa A.
Hunter, Aren C.
Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics 2007 September; 2(3): 61-67
It has been shown that properly conducted interviews in sensitive clinical contexts are negligibly stressful. The present study sought to extend these results and determine the perception of stress by research participants in nonclinical settings. Students enrolled in first year psychology courses typically have the option to receive class credit for research participation in studies assumed to pose minimal risk to participants. The perceptions of 101 student volunteers were examined to determine if they felt that research participation was stressful and, if so, what components of the process caused their stress. Participants completed a short survey indicating the reasons they served as research participants and the degree to which participation was stressful. They indicated that research participation was a valuable learning experience and the majority felt no stress associated with participation. Stress was reported by some due to concerns about confidentiality and evaluation by others of their personal performance. In addition, the majority of students reported having no knowledge of the ethical review process that preceded their participation. It is suggested that students should be informed of the ethical review process.
Confidentiality; Ethical Review; Evaluation; Interviews; Knowledge; Psychology; Research; Review; Risk; Students; Survey; Volunteers; Education for Health Care Professionals; Human Experimentation Policy Guidelines / Institutional Review Boards; Informed Consent or Human Experimentation; Behavioral Research;
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