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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 46-53

Operational and ethical challenges of applied psychosocial research in humanitarian emergency settings: a case study

1 Psychologist and PhD Candidate at Action Contre la Faim Paris, University Paris Descartes Sorbonne, Paris, France
2 PhD, MSc, Psychologist and Senior Advisor Mental Health and Care Practices Sector at Action Contre la Faim, Paris, France
3 MCF-HDR, Psychologist at Clinical and Psychopathology Laboratory, Psychology Institute, University Paris Descartes Sorbonne, Paris, France
4 Professor and Psychiatrist at Adolescents Unit, Hospital Cochin, Child and Adolescent Psychopathology Unit, Clinical and Psychopathology Laboratory at Research Unit Inserm, Paris, France

Correspondence Address:
Elisabetta Dozio
Action Contre la Faim Paris and University Paris Descartes Sorbonne, Paris
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.1097/WTF.0000000000000158

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Interventions on mental health and psychosocial wellbeing have been largely implemented in low and middle income countries. In order to adapt the support offered, an increasing number of applied research projects in mental health and psychosocial support have been conducted. However, while challenges arising can be related to the specificity of the mental health and psychosocial sector, within a broader perspective they are also strongly linked to difficulties of access to beneficiaries, security and protections issues, and competence of staff. Research priorities and guidelines have the objective of providing recommendations to ensure a framework of best practice for research during emergencies. Therefore, this article presents and discusses operational and ethical challenges of research conducted during an emergency, as implemented by the international nongovernmental organisation Action Contre la Faim.

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