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Navigating ethical moments when researching substance misuse with parents and their children

Holland, Sally ORCID:, Williams, Annie ORCID: and Forrester, Donald ORCID: 2014. Navigating ethical moments when researching substance misuse with parents and their children. Qualitative Research 14 (4) , pp. 411-427. 10.1177/1468794112473495

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This article explores the relationship between ethical procedures and ethics in practice in a research project with parents and children from 27 families who had received a social intervention based on their substance misuse and concerns about the protection of their children. We draw on the ‘ethics of care’ to argue that ethical practices are relational, interactive, responsive and, at times, reciprocal. While ethical regulation provides an important opportunity to anticipate ethical issues and build safeguards for participants and researcher, the regulatory process tends to focus on the ethical actions of the researcher rather than the researched. In this article, we demonstrate how ethical decisions were made through, by or alongside participants, drawing on examples of access, consent, protection from harm and negotiating the presence of others in interviews.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement (DECIPHer)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Uncontrolled Keywords: Alcohol; children; drugs; ethic of care; ethics; family; parents; qualitative research; research methods; social work; substance misuse.
Publisher: SAGE
ISSN: 1468-7941
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2023 02:41

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