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Reflexivity and minimization of the impact of age-cohort differences between researcher and research participants


Underwood, M and Satterthwait, LD and Bartlett, HP, Reflexivity and minimization of the impact of age-cohort differences between researcher and research participants, Qualitative Health Research, 20, (11) pp. 1585-1595. ISSN 1049-7323 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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Reflexivity in research can be defined as (a) the acknowledgment and identification of one’s place and presence in the research, and (b) the process of using these insights to critically examine the entire research process. Many authors implore qualitative researchers to be reflexive. Very few, however, specify how to do this in practice. Furthermore, in discussions of the presence and place of the researcher, the tendency has been to focus on such factors as gender and race or ethnicity with very little attention being given to age or cohort. In this article we seek to redress this deficiency by examining how reflexivity was practiced in a context in which there was a marked difference in age and cohort membership between researcher and research participants. Specifically, we describe the methodological challenges faced by a younger researcher conducting research with older study participants on the lived experience of the body, and how reflexivity was used to adapt the methodology employed so it became more appropriate and productive within this context.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:aging lived body older people reflexivity relationships researcher-participant validity
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Applied sociology, program evaluation and social impact assessment
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Asia's past
UTAS Author:Satterthwait, LD (Dr Leonn Satterthwait)
ID Code:65790
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:21
Deposited By:Riawunna
Deposited On:2010-12-02
Last Modified:2014-10-07

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