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ERIC Number: EJ1251522
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1743-727X
Too Close for Comfort?: Ethical Considerations around Safeguarding the Emotional and Mental Wellbeing of Researchers Using Auto/Biographical Approaches to Investigate 'Sensitive' Topics
Sikes, Pat; Hall, Mel
International Journal of Research & Method in Education, v43 n2 p163-172 2020
Auto/biographical narrative research that touches on 'sensitive' areas can elicit accounts that researchers may find distressing and threatening to their emotional and psychological health. In this paper we offer a 'confessional tale' through which we consider our experiences of investigating a sensitive and painful topic from the perspectives of the Principal Investigator who was intimately acquainted with the field of study because it affected her own family, and of the Research Associate who had no prior experience of the substantive area. We discuss how we dealt with our distress and pain and offer some novel suggestions that other educational researchers using qualitative approaches might adopt to help ensure that their research is ethical in that the wellbeing of researchers, as well as participants, is safeguarded.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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