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Critical Perspectives on User Involvement$
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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

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Young mothers' experiential knowledge and the research process

Young mothers' experiential knowledge and the research process

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Critical Perspectives on User Involvement

Geraldine Brady

Geraldine Brown

Corinne Wilson

Policy Press

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

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