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ERIC Number: EJ957278
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0090-4392
Erecting Closets and Outing Ourselves: Uncomfortable Reflexivity and Community-Based Research
Reed, Sarah J.; Miller, Robin Lin; Nnawulezi, Nkiru; Valenti, Maria T.
Journal of Community Psychology, v40 n1 p11-26 Jan 2012
Feminist scholars and community psychologists have argued that reflexivity is a necessary component to conducting socially conscious research. Reflexivity, however, is rarely evident in community psychology. In this article, we share the uncomfortable realities that surfaced during a community-based research project in which we adapted and implemented an HIV prevention intervention for young Black sexual minority women. We each describe how aspects of our identities, values, and socialization affected our engagement in the research and our interactions with and feelings towards participants. In doing so, we hope to call attention to the messiness of community-based work, as well as to promote a community of scholars who are open to self-appraisal and willing to share their least comfortable examples of conducting community-based work in diverse communities. (Contains 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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