A personal approach: an empirical study of the process of studying my son's problem with computer games

K. Weir, A. Costall

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Abstract

This study explored the process of taking a personal approach to my son’s problems with computer games. As a psychology student, I should have been in a good position to explore the paradoxical emotions and this situation of conflict. Yet I was also aware that relating closely to the people we are studying has long been a taboo even in qualitative research. I nevertheless adopted a collaborative methodology in which I balanced a dual role of parent and researcher. Taking a personal approach, allowing intimate, reciprocal negotiation, I was not only able to put this taboo to the rare empirical test but also achieved an insight that would otherwise have not been available to me. By engaging in dialogue and encouraging the ability to object, a first-person plural (We), position was achieved in which an understanding of this situation developed and has transferred to our everyday lives.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
JournalInternational Journal of Qualitative Methods
Volume14
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Dec 2015

Keywords

  • first-person methodology
  • first-person plural methodology
  • parent–researcher
  • ethics
  • methodological taboo

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