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Firstb ofb all,b Ib appreciateb theb concernb youb showb forb theb researchb youb haveb decidedb
tob undertake.b Itb isb notb anb easyb thingb tob haveb tob turnb awayb ab participant,b butb withb
thatb said,b Ib haveb takenb ab specialb interestb inb theb dilemmab youb areb currentlyb facing.b
Pleaseb restb assuredb thatb theb departmentb takesb thisb matterb seriously.
Evenb thoughb herb parentsb haveb decidedb onb herb behalfb thatb sheb shouldb notb
participateb inb thisb study,b youb areb correctb inb yourb mentionb ofb theb APAb Codeb
Principleb E.b Itb wouldb inb factb beb ab discriminatoryb actb notb tob allowb theb studentb tob
participateb sinceb sheb isb ofb legalb age.b Ib admireb herb tenacityb inb havingb theb rightb tob beb
heardb andb herb desireb tob beb ab partb ofb theb researchb youb areb conducting.b
Pleaseb keepb inb mind,b thatb anyb timeb duringb thisb studyb ifb theb participantb choosesb tob
nob longerb participate,b thenb youb mustb respectb herb decision.b Accordingb tob APAb Codeb
8.04,b theb prospectiveb studentb isb providedb theb opportunityb ofb decliningb orb theb
studentb isb providedb theb opportunityb tob quitb theb studyb atb anyb time.b
Ifb youb haveb anyb furtherb questionsb orb concernsb inb regardsb tob clarifications,b pleaseb
feelb freeb tob contactb me.b Thankb youb forb reachingb outb asb soonb asb youb facedb thisb
seriousb ethicalb dilemma.b Byb readingb yourb scenariob itb isb notb clearb tob meb ifb youb
witnessedb theb severeb bullyingb situation,b orb ifb itb wasb reportedb tob youb duringb yourb
visit.b So,b Ib wouldb likeb tob clarifyb thisb point,b butb myb responseb tob youb assumesb thatb
youb witnessedb it.b Bullyingb isb ab seriousb matter,b andb itb isb ab prohibitedb conductb inb theb
militaryb (Armyb Commandb Policy,b 2014,b p.b 38).b Theb principlesb youb addressedb inb
bothb ofb yourb responsesb areb validb (Justiceb andb Respectb forb People’sb Rightsb andb
Dignity),b andb bothb ofb yourb standardsb (Reportingb Ethicalb Violationsb &b Avoidingb
Harm)b inb bothb responsesb areb applicableb tob thisb dilemmab (APA,b 2017).b However,b Ib
challengeb you,b thatb allb ofb them,b theb 2b principlesb andb 2b standardsb areb applicableb tob
yourb responseb 1,b andb yourb applicationb ofb theb Codeb ofb Conductb 3.04b isb notb properlyb
applied,b sinceb theb harmb isb alreadyb doneb (ifb youb witnessedb it),b thereforeb Responseb 2b
isb notb anb option.b Ib wouldb stronglyb adviseb youb tob proceedb withb yourb responseb 1,b andb
talkb aboutb theb incidentb withb theb headb ofb theb militaryb trainingb establishment.b Theb
wellbeingb andb healthb ofb peopleb inb ourb surroundingsb takeb priorityb tob anyb kindb ofb riskb
inb ourb datab collectionb andb ourb researchb process,b ifb thisb riskb doesb notb harmb people.b
Web alwaysb canb changeb environmentsb andb startb ab newb researchb inb ab differentb
organizationb andb withb differentb people,b butb peopleb whob isb harmedb isb difficultb tob
undob theb damageb andb traumab perpetratedb tob them.
References
Americanb Psychologicalb Association.b (2017).b Ethicalb Principlesb ofb Psychologistsb
andb Codeb ofb Conduct.b Retrievedb Januaryb 27,b 2022,b fromb
https://www.apa.org/ethics/code
Armyb Commandb Policy.b (2014).b ARb 600-20.b Retrievedb Januaryb 27,b 2022,b fromb
https://api.army.mil/e2/c/downloads/399376.pdf
Americanb Psychologicalb Association.b (2017).b Ethicalb Principlesb ofb Psychologistsb
andb Codeb ofb
Conduct.b Januaryb 30,b 2022,b fromb https://www.apa.org/ethics/code
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