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An Exploration of the Practical and Ethical Issues of Research Using Multi-Visual Methods with Children Affected by Chronic Pain

Instituto de Ciências Sociais, Universidade de Lisboa, 1600-189 Lisboa, Portugal
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Societies 2019, 9(4), 81; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc9040081
Received: 11 October 2019 / Revised: 13 November 2019 / Accepted: 20 November 2019 / Published: 23 November 2019
This paper intends to encourage further reflection on the research methods and approaches used to enhance the voices of children with chronic conditions. Visual methods (e.g., ‘draw, write, and tell’ and photo elicitation interviews) have been described as the most appropriate ways to develop research with children as they allow room for children to share their lived experiences in their own terms and to actively participate in the research process, by giving them the opportunity to act as co-researchers. In fact, the use of these methods also contributes to empowering children and mitigating the power differences that exist between the adult researcher and young participants. Drawing on an ongoing study on the experience and management of chronic pain in childhood, this paper provides insights on the usefulness of using these multi-methods to address (potentially) sensitive topics with a (potentially) vulnerable group. The ethical and methodological challenges faced by the researcher when conducting research with ill children in the healthcare context are addressed. The paper looks at the dilemmas of studying chronic pain in childhood and highlights the ways in which multi visual methods can help children in the meaning making of chronic pain. View Full-Text
Keywords: social research; visual methods; children; sensitive topics; vulnerable populations; chronic pain social research; visual methods; children; sensitive topics; vulnerable populations; chronic pain
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Hilário, A.P.; Augusto, F.R. An Exploration of the Practical and Ethical Issues of Research Using Multi-Visual Methods with Children Affected by Chronic Pain. Societies 2019, 9, 81.

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