No more than discomfort: the trauma film paradigm meets definitions of minimal-risk research

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Abstract

Despite Institutional Review Board concerns about psychological harm arising from research participation, evidence from trauma-questionnaire research suggests that participation is typically well-tolerated by participants. Yet, it is unclear how participant experiences of in-lab trauma simulations align with IRB ethical guidelines. Thus, we compared reactions to a trauma film paradigm with reactions to a positive film task or cognitive tasks. Overall, relative to other conditions, the trauma film was well-tolerated by participants: they generally reported low-to-moderate negative emotions, moderate benefits, and that participation was not worse than everyday stressors. Our results have implications for the research community in designing trauma-based research.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages18
JournalEthics and Behavior
Early online date8 Nov 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 8 Nov 2021

Keywords

  • Ethics
  • minimal risk
  • trauma film paradigm
  • trauma research

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