Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1959.13/926798
- Doing sensitive research: what challenges do qualitative researchers face?
- The University of Newcastle. Faculty of Health, School of Medicine and Public Health
- As health researchers we need to investigate a wide range of topics to enhance our understanding of the many issues that affect health and well-being in today's society. Much of the health research undertaken today involves face-to-face encounters with participants using qualitative methodologies. There is a growing recognition that undertaking qualitative research can pose many difficulties for researchers. However, very little research has focused directly on the experiences of researchers while undertaking qualitative research and the issues that their involvement in the research raises for them. To explore these issues, one-to-one interviews were conducted with 30 qualitative health researchers. A grounded theory analysis revealed that researchers can face a number of challenges while undertaking qualitative research. These include issues relating to rapport development, use of researcher self-disclosure, listening to untold stories, feelings of guilt and vulnerability, leaving the research relationship and researcher exhaustion. These results are discussed and recommendations for researchers involved in qualitative research are made.
- Qualitative Research Vol. 7, Issue 3, p. 327-353
- Publisher Link
- Sage Publications
- Resource Type
- journal article