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Undertaking Sensitive Research in the Health and Social Sciences
Managing Boundaries, Emotions and Risks

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  • Date Published: September 2008
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521718233

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  • Undertaking qualitative research on sensitive topics often raises a variety of ethical problems. Based on empirical research, this book documents experiences throughout the entire research process: from conceptualization, ethics approval, fieldwork, to analysis and publication. It presents readers with stories from the researcher's perspective and synthesizes these experiences into a conceptual framework that will assist researchers to undertake qualitative research. Each section discusses potential pitfalls, provides quotes and stories and reviews the relevant literature and theory, providing readers with a description of the process of conducting sensitive research from the perspective of those actually doing the research. This is not a methodology textbook, rather, it discusses the issues faced by researchers during the conduct of qualitative research on sensitive topics, such as death and dying, sexuality, homelessness, HIV/AIDS, cancer. It provides practical recommendations for researchers and Research Ethics Committees. It will also be a useful resource for anyone interested in undertaking a research project on sensitive topics and for those teaching qualitative methods across a broad range of disciplines.

    • Tutorial activities provide opportunities for readers to extend their knowledge and examine the practical applications of research
    • Suggested reading for students provides students with a range of resources that they can access to enhance their understanding
    • Written in accessible language so that they key concepts are easy to understand
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    'Discussion of the impact on the researcher of carrying out sensitive research has been muted. This volume certainly fills the void and is one which I would recommend to all researchers about to embark on a qualitative project - whether the subject is of an overtly 'sensitive' nature or not. … an extensively referenced, enjoyable, engaging and informative text and should be on the bookshelves of all qualitative researchers - and, especially, supervisors.' Sociology of Health & Illness

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521718233
    • length: 168 pages
    • dimensions: 233 x 155 x 1 mm
    • weight: 0.29kg
    • contains: 2 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. What is sensitive research?
    2. Doing sensitive research - methodological, theoretical, ethical and moral perspectives
    3. Conducting sensitive research
    4. Boundaries
    5. Emotions
    6. Risks and ethics
    7. Implications and recommendations for researchers

  • Authors

    Virginia Dickson-Swift, La Trobe University, Victoria
    Virginia Dickson-Swift is a Lecturer in Public Health, School of Public Health, La Trobe University, Australia.

    Erica Lyn James
    Erica Lyn James is a Senior Research Academic, Centre for Health Research and Psycho-oncology (CHeRP), Cancer Council New South Wales/University of Newcastle, Australia.

    Pranee Liamputtong, La Trobe University, Victoria
    Pranee Liamputtong is a Personal Chair in Public Health, School of Public Health, La Trobe University, Australia.

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