Lived experience, reflexivity, and research on perpetrators of interpersonal violence

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Abstract

When conducting phenomenological studies, researchers seek to understand the lived experience of research participants. This goal presents special challenges when the topic is the meanings of violence to perpetrators. The purpose of this article is to describe the transformations of a feminist woman's understandings of the meanings of violence to male perpetrators of interpersonal violence in a long-term life history interview project. This article, therefore, is a case study of reflexivity in action. The methodological lessons learned may be instructive to other researchers interested in phenomenological research on interpersonal violence and other sensitive topics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)181-197
Number of pages17
JournalQualitative Social Work
Volume7
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2008

Keywords

  • Chicago school of sociology
  • Interpersonal violence
  • Phenomenological research
  • Reflexivity
  • Research on sensitive topics

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