Potential challenges of using narrative inquiry with at-risk young people
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Potential challenges of using narrative inquiry with at-risk young people

Lesley Douglas Doctoral student, School of Health, University of New England, Armidale NSW, Australia
Kim Usher Head of school, School of Health, University of New England, Armidale NSW, Australia
Cindy Woods Senior research fellow, School of Health, University of New England, Armidale NSW, Australia
Debra Jackson Director, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Midwifery and Allied Health Research, Oxford Institute of Nursing, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, England

Background Being ‘at risk’ puts an individual in danger of future negative outcomes. Conducting qualitative research such as narrative inquiry with at-risk individuals may result in challenges for participants and researchers.

Aim To present an overview of several challenges that arose when conducting narrative research with at-risk young people.

Discussion The main challenges were disclosure of trauma, existing relationships, insider and outsider perspectives, power relationships, and the emotional safety of participants and researchers.

Conclusions It is imperative to identify potential challenges before beginning research and make plans to address them.

Implication for practice Researchers can use this article to help plan for challenges that may arise with this kind of research with vulnerable participants.

Nurse Researcher. doi: 10.7748/nr.2019.e1619

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

ldougla7@myune.edu.au

Conflict of interest

None declared

Douglas L, Usher K, Woods C et al (2019) Potential challenges of using narrative inquiry with at-risk young people. Nurse Researcher. doi: 10.7748/nr.2019.e1619

Acknowledgements

This study was funded by a scholarship provided by the Australian Government Research Training Program

Published online: 16 May 2019