In this paper, I broaden definitions pertaining to vulnerable participants and elaborate on issues in conducting research with justice-involved individuals and their families. I explore how special human subjects protections may inadvertently silence participants and further marginalize them, along with the social inequality that characterizes “at risk” research populations. Finally, I discuss how vulnerability can invite researcher transformation and methodological innovation and highlight the value of researcher reflexivity, community based participatory research and mixed methods approaches.
Vulnerability, Human Subjects, Mixed Methods Research, Qualitative Research, Criminal Justice
This article is a companion piece in response to Easterling and Johnson’s 2015 paper published in the same volume of The Qualitative Report: Easterling, B. A., & Johnson, E. I. (2015). Conducting qualitative research on parental incarceration: Personal reflections on challenges and contributions. The Qualitative Report, 20(10), 1550-1567. Retrieved from http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol20/iss10/1 An earlier version of this paper was presented at the Theory Construction and Research Methodology Pre-Conference; National Council on Family Relations; November 19, 2014; Baltimore, MD.
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Arditti, J. A. (2015). Situating Vulnerability in Research: Implications for Researcher Transformation and Methodological Innovation. The Qualitative Report, 20(10), 1568-1575. Retrieved from http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol20/iss10/2