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Sara Eldén

Sara Eldén

Associate Professor | Director of Research Studies | Senior Lecturer

Sara Eldén

"You child is just wonderful”: On ethics and access in research with children

Author

  • Sara Eldén

Summary, in English

This article discuss the consequences of the ambiguous view of children in the ethical guidelines – the ambitions to “give voice” while also “protect” – with a point of departure taken in the Swedish context, and in an actual research process of a project on children and care. It shows how the regulation of informed consent through the parent compromises the ideals of child-centred research; firstly, by limiting the child’s possibility to opt in to research; secondly, by affecting the relationship between researcher, child and parent in the research encounter; and thirdly, by jeopardizing the child’s right to confidentiality. The author argues that we should view not only the child’s but also the adult’s consent as a “continuous negotiation” and discusses strategies for strengthening the child’s right to opt in and participate in research on equal terms.

Department/s

  • Department of Sociology

Publishing year

2013

Language

English

Publication/Series

Journal of Comparative Social Work

Issue

2

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Universitetet i Nordland

Topic

  • Sociology

Keywords

  • children
  • ethics
  • research ethics
  • qualitative methods

Status

Published

Project

  • Relationer kring omsorg bortom familjen (FAS 2010-0505)

Research group

  • Critical Perspectives in Sociology / Kritiska Studier i Sociologi

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 0809-9936