Personal Control Over Decisions to Participate in Research by Persons With Histories of Both Substance Use Disorders and Criminal Justice Supervision

Donna T. Chen, Tomohiro M. Ko, Ashleigh A. Allen, Richard J. Bonnie, Colleen E. Suratt, Paul S. Appelbaum, Edward V. Nunes, Peter D. Friedmann, Joshua D. Lee, Michael S. Gordon, Ryan McDonald, Donna Wilson, Tamara Y. Boney, Sean M. Murphy, Charles P. O’Brien

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Abstract

Individuals must feel free to exert personal control over decisions regarding research participation. We present an examination of participants’ perceived personal control over, as well as reported pressures and threats from others, influencing their decision to join a study assessing the effectiveness of extended-release naltrexone in preventing opioid dependence relapse. Most participants endorsed a strong sense of control over the decision; few reported pressures or threats. Although few in number, participants’ brief narrative descriptions of the pressures and threats are illuminating and provide context for their perceptions of personal control. Based on this work, we propose a useful set of tools to help ascertain participants’ sense of personal control in joining research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)160-172
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics
Volume13
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018

Keywords

  • criminal justice supervision
  • decision making
  • perceived personal control
  • research ethics
  • substance use disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Communication

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