Journal article

The responsibility of knowledge: Identifying and reporting students with evidence of psychological distress in large-scale school-based studies

ML Kern, H Cahill, L Morrish, A Farrelly, K Shlezinger, H Jach

Research Ethics | Published : 2021


The use of psychometric tools to investigate the impact of school-based wellbeing programs raises a number of ethical issues around students’ rights, confidentiality and protection. Researchers have explicit ethical obligations to protect participants from potential psychological harms, but guidance is needed for effectively navigating disclosure of identifiable confidential information that indicates signs of psychological distress. Drawing on a large-scale study examining student, school, and system-based factors that impact the implementation of a school-based social and emotional learning program, we describe patterns of distress attained from quantitative and qualitative questions and d..

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