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Methods for Assuring Personal Integrity in Social Research: an Introduction

  • Robert F. Boruch
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Abstract

Individual dignity and human rights have been a matter of fundamental concern to Americans since the colonial period. That interest is reflected generally in explicit law, including the Constitution, and in social custom. The recent growth of applied social research, especially research on the evaluation of social programmes, is in many ways entirely consistent with that interest. For research seeks in its broader efforts to understand better the nature of economic, social and mental disability, and to verify the effectiveness of social programmes designed to ameliorate these problems. Insofar as disabilities influence the individual’s control over his own destiny, that research will, at its best, enhance human dignity and freedom of choice.

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