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Developing an interactive approach in social work research: the example of a research study on head injury

PE Higham

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 31, issue 2, pages 197-212
Published in print April 2001 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online April 2001 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/31.2.197
Developing an interactive approach in social work research: the example of a research study on head injury

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The paper examines the processes of a research project about the continuing care needs of head-injured people in order to illustrate an interactive approach in social work research. Influenced by the social work values of empowerment and working in partnership, the key function of the interactive approach include a multidisciplinary research team analysing the research topic through different disciplinary perspectives, and selecting research methods and dissemination strategies that promote interactive relationships amongst researchers, respondents and sponsors. Social work practice supplies transferable knowledge, values and skills for the interactive approach. The skill of negotiation is used to mitigate unequal distributions of power between researchers and respondents. The paper concludes that the interactive approach is a distinctive characteristic of social work research that deserves wider recognition.

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Subjects: Social Work

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