‘It’s good to be able to talk’: An exploration of the complexities of participant and researcher relationships when conducting sensitive research

Victoria Louise Newton

Journal Article

Examining young women’s experiences of abortion, this paper considers the dual exchange of the research interview, where the researcher and participant ‘collude’ in the to meet their individual and differing needs. The paper explores the researcher’s active role in stimulating participants to disclose highly personal, and potentially stigmatising, experiences and interrogates the ways in which participants may use, or re-frame, research in a quasi-therapeutic capacity. This paper discusses questions around whether the participant and researcher share common research goals, how these different needs are balanced, and the potential implications for informed consent.

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#'sensitive' research #Abortion #abortion stigma #English studies #primary analysis #qualitative interviews