n South African Medical Journal - Ethics in research : disclosure of child murder : a case study of ethical dilemmas in research : forum

Volume 101, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Disclosures of unreported incriminating information are rarely documented in research; researchers therefore often do not know how to respond when cases arise. Disclosure may occur when respondents volunteer information, without necessarily being asked, and presents an ethical dilemma. Researchers have to choose between maintaining confidentiality and public protection. Debate on confidentiality in research is ongoing; some advocate for totally preserving confidentiality, while others argue that certain situations warrant a breach of confidentiality.

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