This accessible book presents a novel way to learn about designing and conducting social research. Unlike traditional social research methods books, it provides a ‘real world’ account of social researchers’ experiences and learning achieved through conducting research in a variety of fields.
It contains an eclectic collection of research and advice for conducting research from social researchers with varying backgrounds. Suggestions are made in relation to gaining access to research sites, conducting research on sensitive topics such as suicide, child sexual abuse and homelessness, ensuring the inclusive participation of participants with intellectual disabilities and children. Also included are discussions of conducting practitioner research, conducting research on individual change, psychoanalytically informed research, documentary research and post qualitative research. Other chapters focus on criticality in research on topics that have become politicised and moralised, ensuring that research conducted is credible and how knowledge in research is constructed through both the theoretical framework used and how it is conducted.
Bringing together a diverse collection of social research projects, Designing and Conducting Research in Health and Social Care Settings will be of interest to students, educators and researchers in the social sciences and professionals in related areas.
List of contributors; Acknowledgements; Introduction. (Fiona McSweeney and Dave Williams); Chapter 1. Gatekeepers: The Experience of Conducting Research in a Prison Setting. (Nicola Hughes); Chapter 2. Suicide Research: What have we Learned about Conducting Sensitive Research with VulnerablePopulations? (Evelyn Gordon and Maeve Kenny); Chapter 3. Ensuring the Active Participation of People with Intellectual Disabilities in Research: Implications for Researchers and Professionals. (Judit Fullana and Maria Pallisera); Chapter 4. To Choose and to Participate: Lessons from Researching with Children and Young People. (Florbela Samagaio); Chapter 5. Managing Relationships in the Field: Practitioner Research with the Travelling Community. (Tamsin Cavaliero); Chapter 6. Between Policy and Practice: Ethical Challenges in Longitudinal Social Work Research with Street Youth. (Jeff Karabanow and Ian Stewart); Chapter 7. Cream Cakes, Hungry Cats and Hugs: Developing a Responsive Strategy to Asking Sensitive Questions and Hearing the Answers. (Sharon Mallon); Chapter 8. Measuring Individual Change using Open Card Sort Data. (Raegan Murphy and Emma Hurley); Chapter 9. Choosing Constructivist Grounded Theory to Explore Children’s Experiences of Disclosing Sexual Abuse. (Rosaleen McElvaney); Chapter 10. A Psychoanalytic Approach to Data Collection and Analysis. (Gerard Moore); Chapter 11. The Politics and Ethics of Research into ‘Wicked’ Social Problems: The Case of Jimmy Savile at Duncroft. (Mark Smith); Chapter 12. A Post Qualitative, Transdisciplinary, Close Reading of Child and Youth Care and the Capacity of Love. (Hans Skott-Myhre and Kathleen S.G. Skott-Myhre); Chapter 13. Using Documents to Examine the Meanings of Childhood: A Figurational Perspective. (Paddy Dolan); Chapter 14. Theoretical Frameworks in Research: Lessons from a Study Examining the Experiences of Birth Children of Foster Carers. (Dave Williams); Chapter 15. Constructing a Knowledge through Research: Examples from Research on Practice Teaching. (Fiona McSweeney); Chapter 16. Indicators and Strategies to Develop Credible Outcomes in Qualitative Research: Young People, Compliance and Community Supervision. (Mairead Seymour and Ben Meehan); Index