Scream (Is it Necessary to Disclose of Obtained Data from Child Abuse Researchs, Why?): Scientific Letter

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Buken E., Buken B., BÜKEN N.

TURKIYE KLINIKLERI TIP BILIMLERI DERGISI, vol.30, no.1, pp.339-342, 2010 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


According to the Turkish Penal Code; health professionals are obliged to inform judicial authorities in case they come across with any crime indication while performing their tasks. Researches on child abuse involve the subject of crime qualitative acts. In researches at clinical settings, if some findings of child abuse are found there is no doubt that it is compulsory to report this. However, is it also essential for surveys? Regarding abuse research, particularly self reported surveys carried out at school settings are reported to be among the most effective research methods. In surveys, participants are assured about confidentiality of their identity which increases the likelihood of participation and response to questions. In the current article, a private event was encountered that was requiring help by reporting having been exposed to intense sexual abuse. Therefore, in child abuse research, if data that can be associated with crime is obtained, is notification of that data required? Would notification of the data constitute a problem in terms of subject's rights, is it violation of confidentiality, what should be the boundaries of notification? How the information should be given? During the taking inform consent, should it be told to children not to disclose their identity or give them guaranty about not exposing their identity? What must be the ranges of that warranty? Will notification affect the validity, reliability of the study? These are the questions needed to be answered.