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Integrity Moments - May 28, 2010

  • 2010 May 28


Deceptive Data 
by Rick Boxx
May 28, 2010

According to The Wall Street Journal, the American Psychological Association ethics code allows "deceptive techniques" in research. Lying about who you are, and why you are asking questions, is acceptable. Before 1945 less than 10% of research projects used deception, but by the 1970s half relied on deceptive practices.

"It may be necessary to mislead study participants to get unguarded responses out of them," the Wall Street Journal author said, "but isn't it possible that the deceit will, in and of itself, color and skew the results?"

Leviticus 19:11 gets right to the point when God said, "Do not steal. Do not lie. Do not deceive one another."

The end does not justify the means. Deception is wrong, and will make the results suspect. Insist on research based on truth, not deception.

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