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Definition of Informed Consent

(noun) A protocol in ethical research practices that participants are made fully aware of the purpose of the research, the costs or risks involved in participation, possible benefits to the participant, what will be done with the data collected, and the assurance that no research will occur without their permission.

Informed Consent Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ᵻnˈfɔ(ə)rmd kənˈsɛnt/
    • British English
      • /ɪnˈfɔːmd kənˈsɛnt/
  • Syllabification: (in·formed con·sent)

Usage Notes

  • Plural: informed consents
  • Consent must be given freely, without coercion and by a fit participant.
  • Informed consent is typically granted tacitly, verbally, or by signing a consent form.

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Works Consulted

Andersen, Margaret L., and Howard Francis Taylor. 2011. Sociology: The Essentials. 6th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Branscombe, Nyla R., and Robert A. Baron. 2017. Social Psychology. 14th ed. Harlow, England: Pearson.

Ferris, Kerry, and Jill Stein. 2010. The Real World: An Introduction to Sociology. 2nd ed. New York: Norton.

Kornblum, William. 2008. Sociology in a Changing World. 8th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Wikipedia contributors. (N.d.) Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation. (https://en.wikipedia.org/).

Cite the Definition of Informed Consent

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “informed consent.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved September 17, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/informed-consent/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

informed consent. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/informed-consent/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “informed consent.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed September 17, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/informed-consent/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“informed consent.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 17 Sep. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/informed-consent/>.