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Youth Participation in Qualitative Research

Title: Youth Participation in Qualitative Research: Challenges and Possibilities.
Name(s): Schelbe, Lisa, author
Chanmugam, Amy, author
Moses, Tally, author
Saltzburg, Susan, author
Williams, Lela Rankin, author
Letendre, Joan, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Journal Article
Date Issued: 2014-11-10
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Research often excludes youth participants, omitting their social and psychological realities, undermining their rights to participate and benefit from research, and weakening the validity of research. Researchers may be discouraged from including youth due to logistical (e.g. gaining access) or ethical (e.g. coercion risks based on developmental level) concerns. Increased discussion is needed around appropriate methods to use with child and youth participants that manage challenges related to developmental capacities, legal status, power differentials, and unpredictable aspects of qualitative research. This paper pools experiences of six researchers, describing solutions we have developed in studies employing varied qualitative methodologies with varied vulnerable youth sub-populations. We detail successful approaches to access, compensation, consent, assent, and confidentiality. Social work researchers are well suited to navigate the challenges, and we share our examples with the aim of facilitating increased youth participation in research.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1505837771_741d9110 (IID), 10.1177/1473325014556792 (DOI)
Keywords: Youth, Ethics, Research methods, Qualitative research
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Host Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Qualitative Social Work.
Issue: iss. 4, vol. 14

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Schelbe, L., Chanmugam, A., Moses, T., Saltzburg, S., Williams, L. R., & Letendre, J. (2014). Youth Participation in Qualitative Research: Challenges and Possibilities. Qualitative Social Work. Retrieved from