What do you think is the ethical responsibility of researchers if they witness an instance of physical abuse in a qualitative study they are conducting?
First ethical concern of a researcher should be to protect the dignity and welfare of participants. Its through the participants that the sought-after information about a given phenomenon can be obtained and that forms the basis of research study. In the process of carrying out investigation about an issue, researchers are often faced with a lot of challenges that ranging from non-cooperation of participant to personal one like lack of enough fund. However, cases of abuse often rise during the research process and this can be in various forms. In cases where any form of abuse is noticed, its expected of the researcher to hold first the dignity of the participant and such reports to the relevant authority for action to be taken.