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International Section Newsletter: APA Society of Counseling Psychology



Publication Date

Spring 2007


Research methods are typically drafted carefully to ensure that the research question on hand can be answered. Sample selection is influenced by issues of feasibility. For example, in the case of researchers interested in cross-cultural research, the cost of traveling abroad and the practical matters involved in data collection in another country may make cross-cultural research impossible to conduct. Research with samples of recently immigrated persons in the ethnic, national, and/or cultural group of interest might present a viable and defensible alternative to examine crosscultural differences in the constructs of interest. Recently, however, the authors learned that there are major feasibility issues in conducting research using traditional methodologies with a sample of international college students. The primary purpose of this paper is to present one particular challenge, namely payment for participation, and the issues associated with engaging in this practice. Iterpretations from university officials are presented, and risks and benefits of these different interpretations of the law are discussed.


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