Sense and Sensitivities: Researching children and young people’s identity and social attitudes in a divided society

Stephanie Burns, Danielle Blaylock, Laura K. Taylor, Shelley McKeown

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Abstract

This chapter focuses on the sensitivities and challenges that researchers need to be mindful of when carrying out identity-related quantitative research with children and young people in societies that have been impacted by conflict. Drawing from our own experience of multiple research studies, and from two case studies in particular, we share lessons learned regarding thoughtful and sensitive engagement with both gatekeepers and children and young people themselves at each stage of the research process. In conclusion, the chapter emphasises the need for: in-depth preparation before fieldwork begins; flexibility and a ‘big-picture’ approach to research design; transparency; and careful use of categorisations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearching Peace, Conflict, and Power in the Field
EditorsYasemin Acar, Sigrun Marie Moss, Özden Melis Ulug
PublisherSpringer
Pages233-258
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-44113-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-44112-8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Sep 2020

Publication series

NamePeace Psychology Book Series
PublisherSpringer

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