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Researching Distressing Topics: Emotional Reflexivity and Emotional Labor in the Secondary Analysis of Children and Young People’s Narratives of Abuse

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dc.contributor.author Jackson, Sharon
dc.contributor.author Backett-Milburn, Kathryn
dc.contributor.author Newall, Elinor
dc.date.accessioned 2020-08-24T20:55:17Z
dc.date.available 2020-08-24T20:55:17Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.citation Jackson, S., Backett-Milburn, K., & Newall, E. (2013). Researching Distressing Topics: Emotional Reflexivity and Emotional Labor in the Secondary Analysis of Children and Young People’s Narratives of Abuse. SAGE Open. https://doi.org/10.1177/2158244013490705 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/2158244013490705
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11990/1998
dc.description.abstract Qualitative researchers who explore sensitive topics may expose themselves to emotional distress. Consequently, researchers are often faced with the challenge of maintaining emotional equilibrium during the research process. However, discussion on the management of difficult emotions has occupied a peripheral place within accounts of research practice. With rare exceptions, the focus of published accounts is concentrated on the analysis of the emotional phenomena that emerge during the collection of primary research data. Hence, there is a comparative absence of a dialogue around the emotional dimensions of working with secondary data sources. This article highlights some of the complex ways in which emotions enter the research process during secondary analysis, and the ways in which we engaged with and managed emotional states such as anger, sadness, and horror. The concepts of emotional labor and emotional reflexivity are used to consider the ways in which we “worked with” and “worked on” emotion. In doing so, we draw on our collective experiences of working on two collaborative projects with ChildLine Scotland in which a secondary analysis was conducted on children’s narratives of distress, worry, abuse, and neglect. (Author Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher SAGE Open en_US
dc.subject Research Ethics en_US
dc.subject Research Design en_US
dc.subject Reactions to Research Participation en_US
dc.subject Sensitive Research Methods en_US
dc.subject Qualitative Research en_US
dc.subject Emotional Distress en_US
dc.subject Child Abuse en_US
dc.subject Secondary Trauma en_US
dc.subject Vicarious Trauma en_US
dc.subject International en_US
dc.subject Scotland en_US
dc.title Researching Distressing Topics: Emotional Reflexivity and Emotional Labor in the Secondary Analysis of Children and Young People’s Narratives of Abuse en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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