This article addresses the question of subjectivity in research. In order to facilitate the use of subjectivity in a research context, the author reminds readers of possible procedures as suggested in the literature. Particular attention is given to the idea of peer debriefing. Inspired by psychoanalysis, the author expands on the concept of discussant or debriefer and suggests that by doing so, subjectivity can be better understood. It is suggested that this may actually be fully integrated into a study in order to both better understand the subject under examination as well as the influence of the research mentor and student dyad. The author shares an example of this approach taken from a previously completed study on pedophile sex abusers.
Debriefer, Discussant, Tiers, Subjectivity, Self-Deception, Self-Reflection, Defense Mechanisms, Psychoanalysis, Qualitative Research
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Drapeau, M. (2002). Subjectivity in research: Why not ? But…. The Qualitative Report, 7(3), 1-15. Retrieved from http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol7/iss3/3