Definitions of Confidentiality
- (noun) A research protocol in which only a researcher can identify a respondent but protects their identity.
- (noun) The quality of being confidential or held in secrecy.
Example of Confidentiality
- Anonymizing data collected from face-to-face interviews.
- American English – /kahn-fuh-den-shee-Al-uh-tee/
- British English – /kon-fid-en-shee-Al-it-ee/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˌkɑnfəˌdɛnʃiˈæləti/
- British English – /kɒnfɪdɛnʃɪˈalɪti/
- Plural: confidentialities
- Confidentiality is not the same as anonymity. When no one including the researcher can identify a research participant, the participant is protected by anonymity, not confidentiality.
- A researcher (adverb) confidentially assures a participant’s identity will remain (adjective) confidential and that the participants have (noun) confidentialness.
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- Word origin of “confidentiality” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
- code of ethics
- informed consent
- qualitative research
- quantitative research
- statistical analysis
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Cite the Definition of Confidentiality
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “confidentiality.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved March 28, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/confidentiality/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
confidentiality. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/confidentiality/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “confidentiality.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed March 28, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/confidentiality/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“confidentiality.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 28 Mar. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/confidentiality/>.