Who benefits? A critical reflection of children and young people's participation in sensitive research

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This article aims to contribute to debates about the current orthodoxy in relation to involving young people as participants in social research. This article will reflect on the increasing trend of including young people to greater degrees in social science research and questions whether 'user involvement' necessarily benefits the users or produces 'better' research. The dilemmas encountered in establishing and working with a Young People's Advisory Group for a research project on young people's experiences of violence in their intimate relationships are discussed in a way that illustrates the complexity of achieving benefits both for the young people and for the research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-68
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Social Research Methodology
Issue number1
Early online date13 Jun 2011
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • children
  • participation
  • sensitive research
  • young people

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