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Ethical Research Involving Children

Faceless, voiceless child – Ethics of visual anonymity in research with children and young people.

Korkiamäki, R., & Kaukko, M. (2023). Faceless, voiceless child – Ethics of visual anonymity in research with children and young people. Childhood, 30(1), pp. 55-70.

Abstract: The anonymisation of research participants is a standardised ethical practice, but researchers sometimes struggle to find an ethical balance between the practice of anonymisation and participants’ wishes to reveal their identities. In the Australian and Finnish studies utilising visuality, the participating asylum-seeking and refugee children and youths wished to reveal their faces and claim ownership for their work. The hindrance of this caused disappointment for the participants and inhibited them from telling their message. Unproblematised anonymisation may have unplanned consequences for children and present them not only as faceless but also as voiceless, thus leading to further ethical problems. Abstract reproduced with permission. The final, definitive version of this paper has been published in Childhood, 30/1, 02/2023 by SAGE Publications, Ltd., All rights reserved. © SAGE Publications, Ltd.

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