Although much has been written about the challenging writing process associated with autobiographical research, little is known about the post-publications consequences of using personal experience as a primary source of data. This psychology honour’s project used an online survey to investigate the question: What are researchers’ experiences and perspectives after publishing research that used autobiographical materials as the primary source of data? The participants were 13 individuals who had published at least two autobiographical peer-reviewed articles and the method was qualitative description using content analysis. Primarily positive findings were identified (e.g., career advancement, professional and personal validation, perceived strengthened relationships with others) although some participants continued to wonder about decisions related to their autobiographical publications (e.g., privacy of third parties, what content to include or exclude) and about the reactions of others (e.g., readers, loved ones). Findings underscore how using personal experience as data blurs the borders of scholarship and personal growth, and directly impacts audiences. Implications include tips for those interesting in doing autobiographical research.
Autobiographical Data, Post-Publication Consequences, Qualitative Description, Content Analysis
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Harder, R., Nicol, J. J., & Martin, S. L. (2020). "The Power of Personal Experiences": Post-Publication Experiences of Researchers Using Autobiographical Data. The Qualitative Report, 25(1), 238-253. Retrieved from https://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol25/iss1/16