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 Diaries : A 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.
- What lies ahead?: A collaborative project of seven junior researchers, led by postdoc Gabriela Pavarini, to explore young people’s attitudes towards predictive testing in mental health.
- 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.