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Pseudonym

Pseudonym

In the interests of ensuring anonymity, pseudonyms (alternative names) are sometimes used to de-identify people, organisations and places in the reporting and dissemination of qualitative research. Pseudonyms may be allocated by researchers or children and young people can be invited to choose their own. They are often intended to humanise the research. Rather than pseudonyms, some researchers use codes that correspond to an interview, focus group or location number such as School 1, Participant 2 (S1P2).

Related Terms:
Anonymity,
Confidentiality,
Privacy,
Qualitative Research

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