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Mission Impossible: Not Getting Emotionally Involved in Research among Vulnerable Youth in South Africa

This chapter stems from work on a PhD thesis, available online at https://openaccess.leidenuniv.nl/handle/1887/13382

Contributions from European Symbolic Interactionists: Reflections on Methods

ISBN: 978-1-78441-854-0, eISBN: 978-1-78441-853-3

ISSN: 0163-2396

Publication date: 9 March 2015

Abstract

Although children are recognized as social actors in the social sciences, ethical issues in research following from this new view have received less attention. Ethical considerations are part of any research project, but it is often argued that research among children raises some particular issues. I shall reflect on my emotional involvement and ethical issues on the basis of the principles of informed consent, maximum benefit and protection from harm and the influence of my interpreters on these issues. Doing research to children and young people in such difficult situations requires emotion work. In the conclusions I will make some suggestions for dealing with the emotions of respondents and one own emotional involvement.

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van Dijk, D. (2015), "Mission Impossible: Not Getting Emotionally Involved in Research among Vulnerable Youth in South Africa

This chapter stems from work on a PhD thesis, available online at https://openaccess.leidenuniv.nl/handle/1887/13382

", Contributions from European Symbolic Interactionists: Reflections on Methods (Studies in Symbolic Interaction, Vol. 44), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 61-77. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0163-239620150000044009

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