Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Critical Perspectives on User Involvement$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Marian Barnes and Phil Cotterell

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847427519

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847427519.001.0001

Show Summary Details

Young mothers' experiential knowledge and the research process

Young mothers' experiential knowledge and the research process

Chapter:
(p.149) Eleven Young mothers' experiential knowledge and the research process
Source:
Critical Perspectives on User Involvement
Author(s):

Geraldine Brady

Geraldine Brown

Corinne Wilson

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847427519.003.0014

This chapter focuses on some of the barriers to social inclusion faced by young parents. There are many inherent tensions as well as methodological, ethical and practical dilemmas and challenges to be overcome. The chapter calls into question the meaning of participation and involvement, and highlights the relationship between research, policy and practice. It argues that more attention is given to positive aspects of participation than to issues such as unequal power relations and the ways in which the ‘grounded’ knowledge produced is received and valued, particularly if it contradicts that of the ‘experts’ or policy makers. The chapter draws attention to the way in which research with young parents has been commissioned in relation to a number of competing agendas, including the overarching national policy goal of the reduction of teenage pregnancy. It argues that this policy framework serves to limit the possibility for pregnant teenagers' and young parents' views and experiences to challenge this dominant discourse.

Keywords:   young mothers, participatory research, marginalisation, inclusion

Policy Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.