Studying refugee settlement through longitudinal research : methodological and ethical insights from the Good Starts study

McMichael, Celia, Nunn, Caitlin, Gifford, Sandra M., & Correa-Velez, Ignacio (2015) Studying refugee settlement through longitudinal research : methodological and ethical insights from the Good Starts study. Journal of Refugee Studies, 28(2), pp. 238-257.

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Research involving resettled refugees raises methodological and ethical complexities. These complexities typically emerge within cross-sectional research that focuses on refugee experiences at a specific point in time. Given the long term and dynamic nature of refugee settlement, longitudinal research is valuable, yet it raises distinct complexities within the research process. This article focuses on the methodological and ethical insights that emerged in a longitudinal study of settlement and wellbeing with a cohort of young people from refugee backgrounds in Australia. It considers: engagement and retention of a cohort over time; the need to adapt research tools to changing settlement contexts and life stages; participants’ experiences of long-term involvement in the study; and the challenge of timely translation of findings into evidence for policy and practice. The article contributes to a growing understanding of the practical, ethical and epistemological challenges and opportunities presented by longitudinal research, in this case, with resettled refugee background youth.

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ID Code: 74914
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: refugee youth, refugee settlement, methodology, ethics, longitudinal research
DOI: 10.1093/jrs/feu017
ISSN: 1471-6925
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified (111799)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 The Author
Deposited On: 11 Aug 2014 23:18
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2015 13:19

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