Citizens: EIE

Citizens: EIE investigates young people’s moral attitudes to, and judgements about a range of early intervention strategies to manage moral and behavioural development. Working with young people, the project will progress through several phases: scoping and defining questions; methods development and testing, qualitative research, and e-research tools innovation.

Citizens: EIE works closely with young people who access different services; including mental health and special educational needs, continuing a longstanding commitment to supporting the inclusion of young people in ethics research and development. All stages of the project are developed with the support of a young people’s advisory group, which you can read about here. Citizens: EIE also organizes a series of work experience and mentorship schemes for young people.

Citizens: EIE encompasses a series of research projects. This includes:

  • Digital DiariesA study that explores young people’s moral experiences in everyday life using innovative digital diary methodology.
  • Grandchildren of Alzheimer’s Patients: Illness Representations and Attitudes towards Genetic Testing : A study involving grandchildren of Alzheimer’s patients to explore their understanding of Alzheimer’s and attitudes towards predictive genetic testing.
  • A Glimpse into the Future: A Video Game on Predictive Genomics and Alzheimer’s Disease: A collaboration with Abertay University’s Professional Masters in Game Development to develop a game about the ethics of predictive genomics.
  • Can your phone be your therapist?: A collaboration with the young people’s advisory group to develop minimum ethical guidelines for automated conversational agents in mental health support. The views of this study are shared via a BBC Tomorrow’s World Clip.
  • An empirical bioethics study of young people’s moral attitudes towards advances in autism genomics: A DPhil project by Arianna Manzini, investigating adolescents’ moral attitudes regarding the ethical implications of identifying genes and neural markers for the prevention of autism.
 As the title reveals, Citizens: EIE seeks a richer understanding of the concept of citizenship as it relates to child development. It further seeks an increased awareness of the ways in which childhood environments and experiences shape moral attitudes and perspectives.