Research with psychiatric patients: knowing their own minds?

Sarah Nelson

in Researchers and their 'subjects'

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9781861345141
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303220 | DOI:
Research with psychiatric patients: knowing their own minds?

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The Beyond Trauma research project aimed to improve mental health services for female survivors of childhood sexual abuse. It explored their experiences of services, and their views on how these might be improved. It also consulted mental health professionals and voluntary sector agencies working with survivors for their perspectives on the issue. This chapter highlights the author's experience as a researcher within the Beyond Trauma project in order to examine the ethical issues that arise within the ethical governance process. By examining a specific example, this chapter reflects on the governance process from the social researchers, participants' and professionals's perspectives. This chapter also considers the implications of the Research Ethics Committee (REC) decisions on research, knowledge and services.

Keywords: Beyond Trauma; mental health services; women; childhood sexual abuse; experiences of services; survivors; mental health professionals; voluntary sector agencies; ethical governance process; Research Ethics Committee

Chapter.  5625 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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