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Ethical dilemmas of a clinician/ researcher interviewing women who have grown up in a family where there was domestic violence

Sammut Scerri, C, Abela, A and Vetere, AL (2012) Ethical dilemmas of a clinician/ researcher interviewing women who have grown up in a family where there was domestic violence International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 11 (2). 82 - 101. ISSN 1609-4069

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Abstract

The ideas in this paper developed as a result of the discussions that we, the authors, had about the ethical dilemmas that arise when interviewing participants on sensitive topics, during the research supervision process of a grounded theory study (Charmaz, 2006; Glaser & Strauss, 1967). The participants were eight adult women who grew up in a family in which they witnessed domestic violence. They were interviewed around their understanding of how these experiences have impacted their adult relationships, particularly their significant relationships with partners and their children, if any. This paper also focuses on research “ethics in practice” (Guillemin & Gillam, 2004, p. 262) – on how ethical decisions have to be made at different steps in the research process (Hallowell, Lawton, & Gregory, 2005), illustrating how ethics in research goes beyond gaining approval of the institutional research ethics committee boards.

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Additional Information: This is an electronic version of an article published as Sammut Scerri C, Abela A, Vetere AL (2012). Ethical dilemmas of a clinician/ researcher interviewing women who have grown up in a family where there was domestic violence. International Journal of Qualitative Methods 11(2):82-101. Available online at: http://ejournals.library.ualberta.ca/index.php/IJQM/article/view/9945
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Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2012 09:46
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 19:28
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/533448

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