Reflexive research with mothers and children victims of domestic violence
Gabriel, L., James, H., Cronin-Davis, J., Tizro Kolangarani, Z., Beetham, T., Hullock, A. and Raynar, A. 2017. Reflexive research with mothers and children victims of domestic violence. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research. 17 (2), pp. 157-165. https://doi.org/10.1002/capr.12117
|Authors||Gabriel, L., James, H., Cronin-Davis, J., Tizro Kolangarani, Z., Beetham, T., Hullock, A. and Raynar, A.|
This methodological paper outlines a participatory and reflexive research approach in the context of in‐depth, small‐scale and preliminary qualitative research conversations with a vulnerable population.
The project involved developing in‐depth research conversations with three mothers and their children who had experienced domestic violence. Underpinned by poststructural feminism and relational ethics, a participatory approach to facilitate informal, nondefensive, participant‐centred conversational spaces for the women and children was developed. Creating both the relational medium and the dialogical processes through which to engage with the women and children prompted multiple and complex challenges for the research team. Some members of the research team had prior experience of domestic violence, generating implications for ethical and reflexive research practice.
Implications for research practice
The study highlights the complexities and challenges of developing a participatory approach with vulnerable populations including the quandaries faced, the importance of critical reflexivity during in‐depth qualitative inquiry and the value of utilising a project steering group to support research governance. All members of the research team were emotionally impacted by the research work and the relational engagement with participants. A collaborative, peer‐supervisory approach to support the researchers, the research processes – and, ultimately, the participants – was essential. Two case vignettes are included to exemplify researcher experiences.
|Journal||Counselling and Psychotherapy Research|
|Journal citation||17 (2), pp. 157-165|
|Accepted author manuscript|
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|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1002/capr.12117|
|Web address (URL)||https://doi.org/10.1002/capr.12117|
|Online||24 Mar 2017|
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|Deposited||01 Oct 2019|
|Copyright holder||© 2017 British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy|
|Copyright information||This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Gabriel, Lynne and James, Hazel and Cronin-Davis, Jane and Tizro, Zahra and Beetham, Tanya and Hullock, Ashley and Raynar, Alex (2017) Reflexive research with mothers and children. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/capr.12117/full. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.|
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