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The Challenges of Conducting Qualitative Research on “couples” in Abusive Intimate Partner Relationships Involving Substance Use

Johnson, Amy, Love, B., Henderson, J., Stephens-Lewis, D., Gadd, D., Radcliffe, P., Gilchrist, E. and Gilchrist, G. (2021) The Challenges of Conducting Qualitative Research on “couples” in Abusive Intimate Partner Relationships Involving Substance Use. Qualitative Health Research, 31 (4). pp. 767-777. ISSN 1049-7323 Online ISSN: 1552-7557

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Undertaking qualitative dyad or couple interviews involving intimate partner abuse and substance use presents considerable ethical, safeguarding, and theoretical challenges throughout the research process from recruitment to conducting interviews and analysis. These challenges and how they were managed are outlined using the experience from a qualitative study of 14 heterosexual “couples” that explored the complex interplay between intimate partner abuse and substance use. Managing these challenges for participants, their families, and researchers included the use of safeguarding protocols and procedures to manage risk and the provision of clinical support for experienced researchers. Researchers often felt drawn into the conflicts and complex dynamics of opposing accounts from the male and females’ relationship which could be emotionally and methodologically taxing. Researchers discussing their analysis and felt experiences with each other provided a reflexive space to manage emotions and stay close to the theoretical underpinnings.

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The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: The research is part of a larger funded program by the National Institute for Health Research (Advancing theory and treatment approaches for males in substance use treatment who perpetrate intimate partner violence, P-PG-1214-20009).

Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: domestic, abuse, substance use, addiction, gender, qualitative, reflexivity, UK, IRWRG
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > School of Psychology
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Depositing User: Theresa Oakley
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2022 13:55
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2023 15:06

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