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.
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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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||refugee youth, refugee settlement, methodology, ethics, longitudinal research|
|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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