Conducting Research with Vulnerable Participants
Research with ‘vulnerable’ participants: Exploring the impact of researching emotionally sensitive topics on participants and the researcher.
This workshop will provide an overview of the challenges of ‘meaning-making’ when completing research with individuals who have experienced adversity. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on the skill-set required to complete ethical research with ‘hard to reach’ populations. Participants will be provided with a conceptual overview of models to understand distress raised during research practice. The workshop will conclude with strategies to contextualise and decrease the risk of distress during the research process.
- To develop an awareness of ‘seen’ and ‘unseen’ vulnerabilities when working with research participants.
- To consider the ethical dilemmas involved in research with ‘hard to reach’ populations.
- To explore warning signs of distress/anxiety and burn-out
- To apply aspects of Compassionate Mind Theory (CMT) to understand and contextualise the research process.
- To consider the role of supervision models and a ‘psychological’ contract to sustain the supervisor-supervisee and researcher–researched relationship.
The Vitae Researcher Development Framework
This session maps on to Domain C of the Vitae Framework: Research governance and organisation which includes the sub-domain areas of:
- C1: Professional conduct
- C2: Research management
- C3: Finance, funding and resources