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It's good to be able to talk: An exploration of participant and researcher roles when conducting 'sensitive' research

Newton, V; (2017) It's good to be able to talk: An exploration of participant and researcher roles when conducting 'sensitive' research. Women’s Studies International Forum , 61 pp. 93-99. 10.1016/j.wsif.2016.11.011. Green open access

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Abstract

Drawing on qualitative data from a project on young women’s experiences of abortion, this paper considers the dual exchange of the research interview. It considers the view that researcher and participant ‘collude’ in the research process to meet their individual and differing needs. The paper explores the researcher’s active role in stimulating participants to talk about and disclose highly personal, and potentially stigmatising, experiences and interrogates the ways in which participants may use, or re-frame, research in a quasi-therapeutic capacity as a process of catharsis. This raises questions around whether the participant and researcher share common research goals, and the implications of this for informed consent. The paper concludes with a discussion of the problems of balancing the need of the researcher to ‘get the job done’ and to generate meaningful rich data, and the need to prioritise participant and researcher wellbeing throughout the research, suggesting that further consideration needs to be given to the post-consent process.

Type: Article
Title: It's good to be able to talk: An exploration of participant and researcher roles when conducting 'sensitive' research
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.wsif.2016.11.011
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wsif.2016.11.011
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Behavioural Science and Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1529990
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