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Varvantakis, Christos; Nolas, Sevasti-Melissa – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
In this paper, we argue for a view of analysis as an embodied practice and review others' testimonies of carrying out multimodal ethnography. This review suggests that metaphors are key for communicating what happens to "us" in the course of the research and our subsequent sense-making practices. We identify four metaphors for…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Figurative Language, Data Collection, Data Analysis
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Powell, Mary Ann; McArthur, Morag; Chalmers, Jenny; Graham, Anne; Moore, Tim; Spriggs, Merle; Taplin, Stephanie – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
While there is broad consensus that involving children in research is critically important for understanding their lives, there is considerable caution around their participation in social research on 'sensitive' issues. Such caution is further amplified by a lack of agreement about what constitutes a 'sensitive topic'. This article draws on data…
Descriptors: Children, Social Science Research, Stakeholders, Parents
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Vaswani, Nina – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
While the ability, and indeed right, of children to be active participants in the research process has become better understood in recent years, concerns still persist when the research topic is particularly sensitive, or when the participants are vulnerable. This article provides an account of an ultimately unsuccessful research project aimed at…
Descriptors: Failure, Barriers, Grief, Children
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Walters, Glenn D. – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
As research on mediation has grown, so too has interest in identifying ways to assess the size of indirect effects in a mediation analysis. One such estimate -- the ratio of the indirect effect to the total effect (P[subscript M]) -- was tested in a sample of 21,297 children from the Early Childhood Developmental Study. Results showed that the two…
Descriptors: Effect Size, Computation, Statistical Analysis, Predictor Variables
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Nishiyama, Kei – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
Involvement of children in research processes requires various ethical considerations. In particular, while interviewing children, a researcher needs to take into consideration the power imbalance between a researcher and children as well as among children. This article suggests a possible way of mitigating potential risks, drawing on the idea and…
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Participation, Children, Communities of Practice
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Turner, N.; Almack, K. – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2017
This article contributes to a growing literature that takes a more nuanced approach to exploring the complexities of relationships and negotiations with gatekeepers. Using our study of young people living with a parent at the end of life as a 'critical case' of sensitive qualitative research, we discuss how far from being a smooth, linear process,…
Descriptors: Social Science Research, Participant Characteristics, Recruitment, Youth
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Pakpahan, Eduwin; Hoffmann, Rasmus; Kröger, Hannes – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2017
We present three statistical methods for causal analysis in life course research that are able to take into account the order of events and their possible causal relationship: a cross-lagged model, a latent growth model (LGM), and a synthesis of the two, an autoregressive latent trajectories model (ALT). We apply them to a highly relevant…
Descriptors: Causal Models, Socioeconomic Status, Structural Equation Models, Health
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Mostafa, Tarek – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2016
This study expands our knowledge of consent in linking survey and administrative data by studying respondents' behaviour when consenting to link their own records and when consenting to link those of their children. It develops and tests a number of hypothesised mechanisms of consent, some of which were not explored in the past. The hypotheses…
Descriptors: Data Analysis, Records (Forms), Privacy, Surveys
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Moore, Tim; Noble-Carr, Debbie; McArthur, Morag – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2016
The use of reference groups made up of members of the population being researched has been encouraged within the qualitative research literature. This paper describes the use of reference groups made up of children and young people and promotes them as a space within which co-reflexive activities can help researchers reconsider their research…
Descriptors: Reference Groups, Social Science Research, Qualitative Research, Children
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McKeague, Lynn; O'Driscoll, Claire; Hennessy, Eilis; Heary, Caroline – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2015
In recent years, implicit measures of attitude have emerged as increasingly important methods in research with adults; however, they have been used less often in research with children or adolescents. The present article seeks to initiate wider discussion on the potential for using implicit measures with young people by providing readers with an…
Descriptors: Children, Intergroup Relations, Researchers, Adolescents
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Jansen, Anne – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2015
Qualitative research interviews constitute specific contexts for creating and telling stories. This study illuminates the significance of the research interview on the subjectivation of participants who are usually rendered problematic or victimized--in this case, young people who live in residential care provided by child protection services…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Interviews, Personal Narratives, Story Telling
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Pescud, Melanie; Pettigrew, Simone; Wood, Lisa; Henley, Nadine – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2015
Low socio-economic groups are typically difficult to recruit and retain in health research, which makes it difficult to investigate their health-related beliefs and behaviours. Low socio-economic parents with overweight or obese children took part in a longitudinal qualitative child obesity study over 12 months. These parents' views of and…
Descriptors: Low Income, Obesity, Health Behavior, Longitudinal Studies
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Morrow, Virginia; Crivello, Gina – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2015
This paper draws on data from Young Lives, a longitudinal study of childhood poverty, to explore how international development research might be strengthened by including qualitative longitudinal research (QLR). We review three problems in development studies: (a) the relatively low status of qualitative research within the hierarchy of…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Longitudinal Studies, Children, Youth
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Bradbury-Jones, Caroline; Taylor, Julie – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2015
Participatory approaches have become "de rigueur" in social research involving children. A growing trend is research "by" children where researchers engage (or employ) children as co-researchers or primary researchers. In this paper, we critique the ethical, methodological and practical issues associated with this participatory…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Children, Researchers, Participatory Research