Ethical issues for qualitative research in on-line communities

Brownlow, Charlotte and O'Dell, Lindsay (2002) Ethical issues for qualitative research in on-line communities. Disability and Society, 17 (6). pp. 685-694. ISSN 0968-7599

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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.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Reprinted in 2014 book Researching Society Online, v. 2 Part 1, Sage, London (Record #27981).
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2014 06:48
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2016 04:37
Uncontrolled Keywords: internet; ethics; ethical issues
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/0968759022000010452

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