Emphasizing indigenous communities in social work research ethics
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Original versionNygård, R. & Saus, M. (2016). Emphasizing indigenous communities in social work research ethics. International Social Work, 59(5), 666-678 http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0020872816646815
This article questions whether the development of Sámi social work could benefit from a greater emphasis on communities in research ethics. Using experience from a comparative research project carried out in indigenous communities in Norway and the United States, we discuss (1) the advantages and challenges associated with the institutionalization of research ethics and (2) the consequences for our research design resulting from dialogue with the ethical committees. We conclude that Sámi social work would benefit from more emphasis on external ethical validation. We call for a debate among social workers and researchers on community involvement in social work research.