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Ruth Evans

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420220

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420220.001.0001

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Reflexivity, methodology and ethics: the research process

Reflexivity, methodology and ethics: the research process

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(p.67) Three Reflexivity, methodology and ethics: the research process
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Children caring for parents with HIV and AIDS
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Ruth Evans

Saul Becker

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847420220.003.0003

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

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