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Policy and Ethical Implications of Biosocial Research

Citation

Udry, J. Richard (1995). Policy and Ethical Implications of Biosocial Research. Population Research and Policy Review, 14(3), 347-57.

Abstract

Social scientists are often concerned that research about the biological causes of behavior will encourage biologically-based public policy. Biosocial research models, jointly examining both social and biological causes of behavior, prevent simplistic biological thinking. Public policy is concerned with bringing about social change. Biological models of behavior primarily explain individual differences, and are not useful for guiding policies directed toward producing social change. When we allow our social ethics to prevent us from asking certain research questions, we will produce politically correct research results. We fall into such strategies because we imagine that ethics can be deduced from the nature of the world.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/bf01074397

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Population Research and Policy Review

Author(s)

Udry, J. Richard

Year Published

1995

Volume Number

14

Issue Number

3

Pages

347-57

Reference ID

558