Participation of Children and Young People in Research

Competence, Power and Representation

Michael Curtin, Jane Murtagh

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Abstract

Over recent years there has been a move away from researching ‘on’ to researching ‘with’ or ‘for’ young people. This move reflects the increasingly recognised right of young people to participate and to express their views and opinions. It also corresponds with the acceptance that young people both influence and are influenced by the contexts in which they live. However, this move has raised many issues that need to be considered when using research methodologies, which generally aim to capture young people’s voices, perspectives, interests and rights. Perhaps the most pertinent of these issues are those of competence, power and representation. Without consideration of these issues it is easy to misrepresent and suppress the very voices and identities that researchers are aiming to represent. We illustrate how we dealt with each issue in the research projects that we conducted with young people who had a motor impairment and with the siblings of young people with a brain injury. Finally, we reflect that occupational therapy researchers should work towards greater collaboration and participation when researching young people. This is particularly relevant as our profession claims to be person-centred and as such this must be reflected in the research that we conduct.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-72
Number of pages6
JournalBritish Journal of Occupational Therapy
Volume70
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2007

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