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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.
|Divisions:||Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Applied Human Sciences|
|Authors:||Connolly, Kate and Reilly, Rosemary C.|
|Journal or Publication:||Qualitative Inquiry|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1177/1077800406297678|
|Keywords:||researcher reflective alliance; researching trauma; stresses of qualitative research|
|Deposited By:||ROSEMARY REILLY|
|Deposited On:||28 Oct 2009 14:16|
|Last Modified:||25 Aug 2016 17:49|
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