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I question who sets up a Summer Camp with almost 100 Teenagers with a ratio at night of one Staff member for 26 Student Subjects. Who let that fly, also when you talk about staff members supervising student subjects they should be adults, not Undergraduate Students with no Counseling training. Plus, what kind of Sumner Camp does not plan daily activities to keep the students busy, we all know what to
much down time can be like for your average teenager, let alone 70 some teenagers! The parents of these students in my opinion, could possibly take legal Action against the PI and Purdue University for not making sure all the boxes were checked before Camp Dash even got started. Who knows what the long term effect of six weeks in those condictions did to each of the participants.But it sounds like Consent Forms were destroyed with all Data, which should never have happened. (Thinking Dr Weaver was trying to cover her tracks.) Please Purdue, do not let her do another Case Study involving Children.
@Karen Smith, re the evaluation of the participants for appropriateness in the study, the (Indiana Daily Student) IDS news.com article mentions that the woman who chose the participants, Tamara Hannon, a pediatrics professor at IU School of Medicine, “did not properly account for the adolescents’ backgrounds” (link at end of comment). Aside from that, I am aghast at this study and everything that went wrong with it. Can’t believe Connie Weaver is still employed at Purdue, based on her deceptiveness detailed in the IDS news.com article. Criminal cbarges also appear to be warranted. You can be sure her own children would never have been participants in an environment like the camp was, as surely she knows the truth of what has to have happened at prior camps, and simply the reality of children today with the breakdown of the family (yes, it is the root cause). I would never volunteer my teen to an environment like this because of how dysfunctional teens are nowadays. I’m saddened that the young people who went (and their parents), likely eager for a fun experience, have had their view of the world tainted in a way that will affect them the rest of their lives, and I speak from experience, although the specifics are different. https://www.idsnews.com/article/2018/12/purdue-iu-named-in-lawsuit-against-2017-research-study-gone-wrong
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Goinformation obtained from individuals closely related to the general proximity of the Camp Dash study. There is SO much that is missing here. I heard of people who were threatened with their jobs and who was silenced and harassed for reporting issues and concerns MONTHS before the camp began to HR. A dietician was quoted as saying “you don’t cross the path of Connie Weaver or question how she runs her studies, if you want a future in the department. Even New Director Michele Foreman turned a blind eye. Add in a dietician who would do anything to get their name published with the study and greed and the lust for fame take over. Well they got their fame alright.
I now question the integrity of any Weaver lab studies. If one would dig a little deeper you would find issues with the entire BioNutrition Unit and its manager, ethics, morals and actual eduation and training of staff at the time of the study. My image of Purdue has sunk to an all time low.
Actually my belief in ANY research from Purdue will be questioned from here forward. Seems like this has been brushed under the rug. What else are they hiding that hasnt gone public and for how long?
No one has mentioned the credentials of key staff who was directly involved with monitoring blood pressures and other procedures that would require certification either, but that’s not of business…..
Prof Adrian Raine should be contacted to study this group of kids. He is at U of P in Philly. Wrote book, The Biologiacal Roots of Crime. Might have something to do with the poor kid who was adopted? As well as the underlying reasons for Connie Weaver’s terrible way of setting up the study. Was her motive abuse in guise of the study???? Sometimes the reason is that she needed a psych exam, just saying.
Thank you for sharing this issue and shining a light upon how important it is to continue to monitor all aspects of research. I imagine (as we can’t know the details) that the idea of the children running amok was not considered during the IRB review looking at how the scientific protocol would be managed. But, as anyone who has attempted to take a birthday party of teens to a pizza joint knows, it doesn’t take very long for the animals to be running the zoo!
I wonder too, what was the evaluation of the children’s appropriateness for participation in the study? Surely, one would think to evaluate prior history of requiring a behavioral therapist as was alluded to by the one mother quoted in the article, might be a reasonable disqualifier for 7 weeks away from home? Just a thought….from an ethicist… thinking this might become the next classic ethics learning case.
Really?!? You blame the research participants?! It sounds like Camp Calcium was set up correctly, while Camp DASH was not. That is not the kids’ fault. It’s the fault of the people who set up the study!
Dude. “State statues”? STATUTES.
“How did everything go from ‘Everything’s okay’ on Sunday,” she said, “to ‘We’re ready to have him arrested on Wednesday?’”
The article doesn’t provide the answer, but what the mom is complaining about has some very obvious answers. Most notably, “Because x happened on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday.”
It also could be that x occurred before Sunday, but was only found out between Sunday and Wednesday.
Where x is something like filming a girl in a shower, posting it online, or any other assault, or even just any lesser bad behavior that runs afoul of the program rules.
HIPAA, not HIPPA. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
Of course. Thanks, Leslie.
I get that there was a problem with the study and there were behavioral issues. The issue with the young girls sticks out to me the most and seems to get overlooked. A video of her in the shower was posted on the internet! That doesnt just go away. Thats something that could haunt her the rest of her life! As a parent I would want more than a simple review of the camp protocol. Someone would have to answer to me for that!
I would say that it is not a few research participants ruined the study, instead those in charge of planning what to do with the children that were enrolled. Unlike laboratory animals, teenagers cannot be caged while scientist collect their observations.
This is a loss for everyone involved, but mainly for the adolescent participants.
Interesting that by calling the study a “summer camp” the investigators were allowed to call supervisory personnel “counselors.” In Indiana a Licensed Professional Counselor must have a masters degree in counseling plus 1500 hours of supervised practice. Luckily they didn’t call the study a “hospital” and allow first year undergrads to perform brain surgery! My sarcasm is occasioned by the previous commentor, who blamed middle school age children for getting out of hand when their time was not structured. Perhaps the University should insist on IRB full board review every time children are involved.
They were never intended to be licensed professional counselors. The setup was similar to how a regular summer camp can be set up, which does not require any college experience. LPCs generally deal with the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders rather than taking care of (supposedly) normal kids in this manner. Otherwise Boy Scout camps, church camps, or youth camps in general in Indiana wouldn’t exist because it would be too expensive
I was a lead counselor for camp calcium And I Know that during our research camp the lead counselors were very active with the participants as well as ensuring proper data collection and research protocols were followed! It is a shame that a few research participants can ruin a study and tarnish an amazing leader in the nutrition and research communities.
I don’t think its the participants fault at all. Clearly there are behavioral problems that need to be addressed, but ultimately it comes down to the fact that the PI is responsible for providing oversight for the study and she clearly was not doing that. If she had any inkling that there were violence or sexual abuse allegations from the campers, it was her duty to report those in a timely manner and make sure that the proper authorities (IRB, OHRP, etc.) were notified. She didn’t. And that’s on her.
Oh please! A protocol not followed by the PI is regulatory non-compliance. And the deceptive behavior borders on the criminal. The punishment needs to be certain and severe.