Research with participants in problem experience: challenges and strategies

Qual Health Res. 2005 Jul;15(6):841-54. doi: 10.1177/1049732305275639.


In this article, the author draws on his years of fieldwork contact with participants who experience various problem events in life, including truancy, running away, delinquency, vagrancy, homelessness, gang membership, criminal conviction, drug abuse, domestic abuse, sexual deviance, sexually transmitted disease, mental disorder, and infection with HIV/AIDS. He examines challenges from and explores strategies for research with participants in problem experience, on the matter of recruitment, participation, empowerment, cross-checking, and researcher protection. He includes examples to illustrate how generalizations in each category are made from real-world observation.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Qualitative Research*
  • Quality of Life*
  • Research Subjects*
  • Social Problems*
  • United States