I am planning on conducting a study with regards to marijuana use. I am fully aware that I cannot administer it. Are there any ethical complications with regards to questionaires regarding amount of use etc?
x Turn on thread page Beta
Psychology research help! ASAP watch
- Thread Starter
- 22-03-2013 10:01
- 24-03-2013 09:33
There are many issues with doing research of this nature.
Firstly you need to consider where you're getting your participants from. There will be a very big difference between marijuana use in a university population than in a drug rehabilitation community, for example.
Do you envisage that people will tell the truth? It's a tricky subject, and the majority of people may not be willing to openly admit to taking drugs; let alone a large amount of them.
If you're talking to people about drugs, you have to be aware that some may have had an addiction currently or in the past, and answering a question about drug use may cause a relapse.
It's a very dodgy topic really, unless you're incredibly careful and have got approval from your tutor for the wording of your questions and your participants.