Thought-provoking, pertinent and engaging, this book provides an overview of every aspect of carrying out research with children. It is unique in its particular focus on vulnerable groups of children such as those with mental-health problems, physical health problems and learning disabilities, along with young offenders and looked after children.
The book helpfully addresses each stage of the research process:
-Part I introduces the main elements of doing research with children, including seeking ethical approval for sensitive research topics.
-Part II guides the reader through the initial stages of the research project including recruitment issues and communicating with gatekeepers.
-Part III outlines the data collection, data analysis, writing up and dissemination stages of research and covers both quantitative and qualitative methods.
Filled with practical advice and useful activities for each chapter, this book is an essential resource for any student, academic or professional working with, or doing research with, children.
Dr Michelle O'Reilly is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Leicester, UK (the Greenwood Institute of Child Health) who also provides research support to practicing clinical professionals working for Leicestershire NHS Partnership Trust. Michelle's research interests are broadly in the areas of child mental health, sociology of health & illness, family therapy and qualitative methods. Michelle has published many papers and books in this area including, 'Research with children: Theory and practice (sage) and 'The Palgrave handbook of child mental health'. Professor Nisha Dogra is Professor of Psychiatry Education and Honorary Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, at the Greenwood Institute of Child Health, University of Leicester. She is also Course Director for the Masters in Child and Adolescent Mental health. She undertook some training in hospital and community paediatrics before training in psychiatry and then as an academic child psychiatrist. She currently works with as a generic child and adolescent psychiatrist within a MDT. She has been involved in the development and delivery of a wide variety of teaching and training events in undergraduate and postgraduate education, locally, nationally and internationally. Professor Dogra worked on diversity in healthcare as part of her Commonwealth Fund Policy for Health Care Harkness Fellowship 2005-2006. She was a runner up for the Times Higher Education Innovative Teacher of the year in 2011. For more details please consult: https://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/npb/people/nishaDogra
Introduction: Setting the Context PART ONE: PRELIMINARY ISSUES Cultural and Diversity Issues Ethics in Child Research Children's Capacity to Make Decisions PART TWO: STARTING A RESEARCH PROJECT WITH CHILDREN Planning to Do Research with Children Getting Started in Research with Children Children with Specific Characteristics Recruiting Children and Families: Communicating with Gatekeepers, Parents and Children PART THREE: PRACTICAL ISSUES Choosing a Method for Your Research Quantitative Methods of Data Collection and Analysis Qualitative Methods of Data Collection and Analysis Writing-up and Dissemination Answers to the Activities Glossary References Index