ERIC Number: EJ777091
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
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Revisiting the Benefits Debate: Does Qualitative Social Work Research Produce Salubrious Effects?
McCoyd, Judith L. M.; Shdaimah, Corey S.
Social Work, v52 n4 p340-349 2007
Social work discussion about the intersection of therapy and research has been heated. There is ongoing theoretical debate about the fit of qualitative research and social work practice, as well as the proper goals and potential impact of clinical research. In this article, two qualitative researchers report empirical findings and discuss the implications of their research participants' unsolicited identification of the benefits of engaging in intensive interviews. These benefits include therapeutic benefits such as telling a story to an interested, empathic researcher and experiencing social validation in having one's story accepted; a sense that participants' experiences may be joined with others through the research process to create or enhance voices of stigmatized or marginalized populations; and the possibility that the research, through publication and dissemination, will influence individuals and society to become aware of the social justice and political implications of research participants' experiences.
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Social Work, Interviews, Participatory Research, Action Research, Therapy, Personal Narratives, Well Being, Participant Satisfaction
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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