I would like to point out that this question is from a dubious and unverified claim that I had encountered. I thoroughly searched the internet for any information on such claims but could not find anything so please close if you feel it is a poor question.
On the bus, I typically see University of Pittsburgh advertisements for various medical and psychological research studies. (Eg. Are you a smoker between the ages of 25-55). On one bus I saw was a study, Are you the parent of a child that is emotionally stable between the ages of 8-12?
Someone had vandalized the ad with a permanent marker. On the very top of the poster was:
WE NEED MORE AND MORE FUNDING
After the description of the voluntary participants that they are looking for was written:
NO MATTER WHAT, WE WILL FIND SOMETHING WRONG WITH YOUR CHILD
Then at the very bottom after the address of the research center:
WE HAVEN'T PAID ANY TAXES SINCE 1951
There really are several highly charged claims in this vandalism. The first statement suggests that they are highly self-serving and much more concerned about securing funding and grants than any noble cause such as helping children. This claim is probably too generic by itself. We all know that there are some unethical professors and research assistants.
The second claim particularly bothered me. It seems to suggest that they are purposely looking for emotional and psychological disorders in these children to further their own agenda and purpose, perhaps their purpose to continue existing and collecting grants. What is more is that since these are children they are incapable of making such a voluntary choice to participate in such a study. It really has to do with the parents volunteering their own children for this study.
The study itself claims they are looking for Emotionally Stable children however, which seems highly subjective criteria to me anyway. Why would a parent who actually believed that their child was emotionally stable submit them to a study like this unless they had a seed of doubt in their mind to begin with?
Perhaps this is just an enraged fantasy by a parent living in denial about some real psychological issues with their child that these researchers had made known to the parent?
But then there is the third claim about them not paying any taxes which might be true, but why deface the ad with that information unless you are just looking for faults? The mostly tax-free status of the many presitigouos and lucrative Pittsburgh higher education institutions is a highly politically charged issue for this region and am wondering if all of these claims simply exist as a political retaliation.
As stated earlier I scoured the internet mostly looking for information on child behavioral studies that are scams but turned up nothing. I was hoping to find more information on that.