At the conclusion of The Stanford Prison Experiment, it was painfully obvious that a negative environment can change one’s behavior in a negative way. Those who participated as guards enjoyed being in a position of authority. The prisoners were degraded in many ways making their participation unbearable and regrettable. In the eye of the public, the experiment was a complete failure due to the perceived unethical and inhumane treatment of some of the participants. Researchers wishing to test criminal justice hypotheses and psychological theories should educate themselves as to the critical code of ethics encompassing the research process.
Human test subjects voluntarily place themselves in a role of being studied and researched for the betterment of mankind. To take advantage of their willingness to aid in scientific advancement and understanding is nothing short of unethical. Any level of scientific research being conducted should be carefully assessed and critiqued for methods, designs, and prepare for any problem or special circumstance before beginning. Ethics provides that human dignity and personal integrity be protected in any instance or situation at all times. References
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