Recruiting parents and children into a research project: a qualitative exploration of families' decision‐making processes

Lewis, R. (2009) Recruiting parents and children into a research project: a qualitative exploration of families' decision‐making processes. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 12(5), pp. 405-419. (doi:10.1080/13645570802289104)

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Abstract

While approaches to the analysis of multiple perspectives have been explored, the earlier stage of arranging fieldwork with multiple family members has received relatively little reflection within the literature. Drawing on data from a qualitative study exploring family communication about sex and sexuality, this paper examines parents' and children's accounts of how their families became involved in the research. A key finding notes how dynamics of parent–child communication about sex were played out through families' interactions concerning research participation. Particular focus is paid to the ways in which information about the study was mediated between parents and children and also individuals' differential agendas for participation. Evidence of the persuasive practices of some parents to engage their families in research underlines the importance of accessing all potential participants directly. The paper concludes by highlighting the importance of sensitisation to interactions between family members themselves when engaging families in research.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Lewis, Dr Ruth
Authors: Lewis, R.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
Journal Name:International Journal of Social Research Methodology
Publisher:Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
ISSN:1364-5579
ISSN (Online):1464-5300

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