Ethical Considerations for Student-Based Reminiscence Projects

  • Thomas W. Pierce Radford University
  • Jenessa C. Steele
  • Grace M. Flood
  • Ann N. Elliott


In this paper we address ethical issues instructors should consider when designing reminiscence-based projects for student interviewers and older participants. We describe three basic ethical principles developed within the context of research with human subjects: respect for persons, beneficence, and justice (Belmont Report, 1979). We then discuss how these principles can be adapted for student-based reminiscence projects. Specific issues addressed include informed consent, confidentiality, and fairness in selecting participants.