Connolly, Kate and Reilly, Rosemary C.
Emergent Issues When Researching Trauma: A Confessional Tale.
Qualitative Inquiry, 13
Official URL: http://qix.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/13/4/5...
This article examines the impact of conducting narrative research focusing on trauma and healing. It is told through three voices: the study participants who experienced the trauma; the researcher who shared her personal experiences conducting this research; and an academic colleague who acted as a reflective echo making sense of and normalizing the researcher’s experience. Issues explored in the paper include: harmonic resonance between the story of the participant and the life experiences of the researcher; emotional reflexivity; complex researcher roles and identities; acts of reciprocity that redress the balance of power in the research relationship; the need for compassion for the participants; and self-care for the researcher when researching trauma. The authors conclude that when researching trauma, the researcher is a member of both a scholarly community and a human community, and that maintaining the stance as a member of the human community is an essential element of conducting trauma research.
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