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ERIC Number: EJ914015
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 66
ISSN: ISSN-1052-0147
The Role of Emotions in Fieldwork: A Self-Study of Family Research in a Corrections Setting
Arditti, Joyce A.; Joest, Karen S.; Lambert-Shute, Jennifer; Walker, Latanya
Qualitative Report, v15 n6 p1387-1414 Nov 2010
In this study, we document a reflexive process via bracketing techniques and the development of a conceptual map in order to better understand how emotions that arise in the field can inform research design, implementation, and results. We conducted a content analysis of field notes written by a team of researchers who administered an interview to caregivers bringing children to visit an incarcerated family member at a local jail. Our self-examination revealed themes around the team's discomfort connected to the institutional jail setting and intense emotions regarding the life situations of study participants, their treatment by jail staff, and our own concerns about leaving the research setting. We offer recommendations for scholars conducting research in similar environments with vulnerable participants. (Contains 1 table and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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