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Researchers and their 'subjects'Ethics, power, knowledge and consent$
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Marie Smyth and Catherine Bond

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9781861345141

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861345141.001.0001

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Research with psychiatric patients: knowing their own minds?

Research with psychiatric patients: knowing their own minds?

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(p.91) Five Research with psychiatric patients: knowing their own minds?
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Researchers and their 'subjects'
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Sarah Nelson

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861345141.003.0006

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

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