Ethical issues for qualitative research in on-line communities

Brownlow, Charlotte and O'dell, Lindsey (2002) Ethical issues for qualitative research in on-line communities Disability & Society, 17 (6). pp. 685-694. ISSN 1360-0508

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Abstract

Recent years have witnessed a rapid growth in Internet technologies, which offer new possibilities for researching hard to reach groups. However, research guidelines, which could aid research in this new forum, have not yet been fully developed. The focus of the article will be ethical issues that may arise from using the Internet as a research tool if we are to protect and respect our participants. Questions surrounding gaining informed consent, privacy of participants and new power differentials, which may arise through interaction in an on-line forum, are raised. These are supplemented by reflections from work conducted by the authors using on-line discussion formus as method of research with people with autism.

Item Type: Journal article
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences
DOI (a stable link to the resource): DOI:10.1080/0968759022000010452
Faculties: Faculty of Health and Social Sciences > School of Applied Social Science
Depositing User: editor sass
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2007
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2010 11:28
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/376

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