Reflexivity in Qualitative Research.

Research paper by Joan E JE Dodgson

Indexed on: 21 Mar '19Published on: 09 Mar '19Published in: Journal of human lactation : official journal of International Lactation Consultant Association


All qualitative research is contextual; it occurs within a specific time and place between two or more people. If a researcher clearly describes the contextual intersecting relationships between the participants and themselves (reflexivity), it not only increases the creditability of the findings but also deepens our understanding of the work. The issues surrounding the researchers' reflexivity are many and complex; however, journal space for discussing them may be very limited. Therefore the researcher has the responsibility of succinctly and clearly addressing these issues, so the reader can evaluate the research. Some of the ways that researchers can address reflexivity are discussed.

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