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ABSTRACT: This paper aims to bring out the need to incorporate cultural sensitivity to ensure the principle of essentiality in research processes while undertaking research among tribal populations. The authors establish the difference in the outcome of obtaining consent between tribal and other populations by examining the consent given for a standardised national survey in a follow-up study of women in the reproductive ages. They postulate that the difference could be a result of the application of a uniform approach to obtaining consent among heterogeneous groups and make a case for a culturally sensitive application of the requirement of consent.
esocialsciences.com, Working Papers. 01/2006;