A therapist at a free university clinic treats elementary school children with behavior problems who are referred by a social service agency. She is also a doctoral candidate who proposes using data she has and will collect about the children for a case-based research project. Which of the following statements about parental permission is correct?

  • The therapist creates her clients’ records; therefore, she does not need parents’ permission to use the information for research purposes.
  • If it is the best interests of the community that the children participate in the study, parental permission is optional.
  • The superintendent of the school system can give permission for children to be in the study; therefore, the therapist doesn’t have to ask the parents for permission
  • The parents of the children might feel pressure to give permission to the therapist to use their children’s data so that she will continue to provide services to their children.

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