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COVID-19 and the ‘Ethics of Disruption’: Current Dilemmas Facing Longitudinal Research in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Version 1 : Received: 19 June 2020 / Approved: 21 June 2020 / Online: 21 June 2020 (11:17:06 CEST)

How to cite: Crivello, G.; Favara, M. COVID-19 and the ‘Ethics of Disruption’: Current Dilemmas Facing Longitudinal Research in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. Preprints 2020, 2020060262 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202006.0262.v1). Crivello, G.; Favara, M. COVID-19 and the ‘Ethics of Disruption’: Current Dilemmas Facing Longitudinal Research in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. Preprints 2020, 2020060262 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202006.0262.v1).

Abstract

In this paper, we draw on recent experiences from the Young Lives study to discuss some of the ethical and practical challenges facing longitudinal cohort studies in low- and middle-income countries in the time of coronavirus. We argue that COVID-19 has instigated an ‘ethics of disruption’ for social researchers across the world, and for longitudinal cohort studies like Young Lives, this requires navigating three core considerations: first, managing research relationships and reciprocity within an observational study design; second, maintaining methodological continuity and consistency across time; and third, balancing an immediate short-term response to COVID-19 against the longer-term perspective. We refer to the study’s plan to implement a new COVID-19 phone survey to illustrate how the team are navigating this altered ethical terrain.

Subject Areas

research ethics; longitudinal methodology; youth; phone survey; COVID-19; low- and middle-income countries

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