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Ethical Research Involving Children

Ethical and methodological issues in engaging young people living in poverty with participatory research methods.

Sime, D. (2008). Ethical and methodological issues in engaging young people living in poverty with participatory research methods. Children’s Geographies, 6(1). pp. 63-78.

Abstract: This paper discusses the methodological and ethical issues arising from a project that focused on conducting a qualitative study using participatory techniques with children and young people living in disadvantage. The main aim of the study was to explore the impact of poverty on children and young people’s access to public and private services. The paper discusses the ethical implications of involving children and young people in the research process, in particular issues relating to access and recruitment, the role of young people’s advisory groups, use of visual data and collection of data in young people’s homes. It identifies some strategies for addressing the difficulties encountered in relation to each of these aspects and it considers the benefits of adopting participatory methods when conducting research with children and young people. (Abstract © Taylor & Francis, reprinted by special permission from Taylor & Francis Group, a division of Informa UK, http://www.tandf.co.uk).

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