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Exploring Ethical Issues in Youth Research: An Introduction


Brooks, R and te Riele, K, Exploring Ethical Issues in Youth Research: An Introduction, Young, 21, (3) pp. 211-216. ISSN 1103-3088 (2013) [Non Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1103308813488816


This special issue is devoted to exploring some of the ethical dilemmas that confront youth researchers. Although scholars who conduct research with other social groups obviously have to engage with important ethical issues in their own work, there are a number of ethical issues that are often seen as specific to young people. As Heath et al. (2009) have argued, in general these relate to the contextual factors which differentiate youth research from other forms of social research. These can be identified as: the way in which the lives of many young people are structured by various age-related institutions and contexts and framed by age-related policies; the construction of youth as a critical period for development and transition, which often leads to widespread concern with the monitoring of young people’s lives; and the relative powerlessness of young people as a social group within the research process for reasons which are often specific to their life phase (Heath et al., 2009).

The five articles that comprise this special issue cannot, inevitably, discuss all of the ethical dilemmas that may arise in youth research as a result of these contextual factors. When taken together, they do, however, cover a variety of geographical contexts and methodological approaches. The empirical research reported in the articles was conducted in Australia, Canada, the United States and three nations of the United Kingdom (UK) (England, Scotland and Wales), and covers the following research methods: online research, face-to-face interviews, telephone interviews, restudies, visual methods and ethnography. In the sections that follow, we briefly introduce the five articles. We then outline three of the key themes that emerge from the special issue articles. These not only address important issues in youth research but also articulate with wider debates about the nature of ethical practice across the social sciences more generally.

Item Details

Item Type:Non Refereed Article
Keywords:professional ethics, education, youth research
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Applied ethics
Research Field:Professional ethics
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Religion
Objective Field:Religion not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:te Riele, K (Professor Kitty te Riele)
ID Code:113880
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:Peter Underwood Centre for Educational Attainment
Deposited On:2017-01-24
Last Modified:2017-04-03

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