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Reaching the right people: Reflexive practice to support effective recruitment, participation, and engagement in research with communities affected by stigma

Reaching the right people: Reflexive practice to support effective recruitment, participation, and engagement in research with communities affected by stigma

Stevenson, Jacqueline ORCID: 0000-0002-1281-1607, Keogh, Peter, Smith, John and West, Elizabeth (2018) Reaching the right people: Reflexive practice to support effective recruitment, participation, and engagement in research with communities affected by stigma. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 17. pp. 1-7. ISSN 1609-4069 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1177/1609406918819376)

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Abstract

Recruiting participants to qualitative studies is often a challenge—reaching the right people, and the right people choosing to participate, is a primary consideration for researchers. For research on HIV, as a condition which continues to be stigmatized, this can be magnified. However, being part of the HIV voluntary sector and occupying a role of “HIV advocate” can provide routes to overcome this challenge. Using the example of the researcher’s transition from voluntary sector worker to academic PhD researcher, this article explores how recruitment can be facilitated by utilizing personal and professional networks and how, in turn, this can present new challenges in reaching participants who are not “research regulars,” who are experienced in participating in qualitative research. It further explores reflexive methodologies as applied to participatory research on HIV and aging as it affects women in the UK and asks how the roles of “advocate” and “researcher” complement and challenge one another. Reflexive practice and an analysis of the researcher’s motives and how this impacts on recruitment, participation, and dissemination are considered. A three-part approach to reflexively engaging with participants’ questions is put forward. This provides a new perspective on participatory approaches in relation to research recruitment specifically.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License (http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/) which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).
Uncontrolled Keywords: participatory research, reflexivity, recruitment, gender, HIV, stigma
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
Faculty of Education & Health > Department of Family Care & Mental Health
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2019 12:04
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
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Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/22463

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