The ethics of researching one's own practice

Helps, Sarah (2017) The ethics of researching one's own practice. Journal of Family Therapy, 39 (3). pp. 348-365. ISSN 0163-4445

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Practice-based research is increasingly utilized as a postmodern, qualitative research method. It can help systemic practitioners understand, develop and communicate about their everyday practice to others. In this article I review some of the literature on practitioner research and focus on the challenges of researching one's own practice. Using illustrative examples from transcripts and field notes gathered during my research on how I begin conversations with families who seek a diagnostic assessment for an autism spectrum condition for their child, I explore the ethics involved in the twofold task of providing a clinical service and conducting systematic research. I argue that a dynamic relational ethics of care can be employed to navigate the challenges of adopting a dual research and clinical focus.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: First published: 18th July 2017
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ethics, Insider Research, Practitioner Research, Autism, Qualitative Research
Subjects: Communication (incl. disorders of) > Autism
Families > Families - Psychology
Research, Tests, Assessments > Psychological Research
Research, Tests, Assessments > Social Study & Research Methodologies
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services

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