This paper reviews the Family Privacy Protection Act of 1995 (FPPA) and its potential impact on research and evaluation involving minors. First it discusses the issues surrounding the FPPA as debated in the United States House of Representatives. The FPPA requires written, or "active," consent from the parent/guardian for survey research involving minors, rather than "passive" consent, which researchers have presumed when parents fail to return forms "opting" their children out of studies. The paper then presents perspectives from researchers and an attorney. It concludes with a case presentation in which researchers relied upon passive consent, and discusses how that case might have been different had the FPPA been in effect.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Business and International Management
- Social Psychology
- Health(social science)
- Sociology and Political Science
- Strategy and Management