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Reflexivity, methodology and ethics: the research process

Ruth Evans and Saul Becker

in Children caring for parents with HIV and AIDS

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9781847420220
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301769 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847420220.003.0003
Reflexivity, methodology and ethics: the research process

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This chapter provides a reflexive account of the research process and discusses the research methodology. It reflects on the stance of the authors and their approach to the research topic. The chapter also describes the process of gaining access to families and negotiating informed consent to participate in the study, as well as researcher/researched relations. It then highlights some of the ethical issues raised by cross-cultural research and interviewing respondents about sensitive topics, including the importance of confidentiality and anonymity, and the need to manage respondents' expectations. The chapter describes the main characteristics of interviewees and the locations for the research, as well as the approach to data analysis and dissemination.

Keywords: research process; research methodology; families; ethical issues; cross-cultural research; data analysis

Chapter.  8486 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Health, Illness, and Medicine

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