This chapter discusses the ethics questions raised in undertaking research on children?s well-being. First, we describe the background to the rise of attention to the ethics of social research with children and set out ten topics for consideration. Second, we discuss some of the ethical difficulties associated with researching the concept of well-being with children in a range of countries and contexts. Third, we explore some of the specific ethics questions that need to be addressed in such research. We suggest that theories, methods, and ethics are interconnected and that ethics questions weave their way throughout the research from start to finish and beyond and are not separate considerations that require additional thought. We draw upon our previous and ongoing experience as two researchers with social anthropological and sociological backgrounds who have conducted research with, on, and about children in diverse contexts.
Virginia Morrow and Jo Boyden (2014) 'Ethics of Researching Child Well-being', in Asher Ben-Arieh, Ferran Casas, Ivar Frønes and Jill E. Korbin (eds) Handbook of Child Well-being: Theories, Methods and Policies in Global Perspective (pp. 2895-2918). New York, London: Springer.