Key need 1 Learning how to creatively and effectively use oneself in the treatment process is an important component of most forms of therapy training. This level of self-awareness is, however, often neglected in research, despite the centrality of the researcher to their work.

The Researcher as a Person
The researcher as a person

This chapter revisits and explores the researcher's personal responses in more depth. Using real-life examples, the chapter focuses on the idiosyncrasies in practice-based research, ranging from our individual ways of formulating research problems to the way we engage with our research participants and reflect on the outcome.

  • Observations
  • Interviews
  • Reflection
  • Reflexivity
  • Intersubjectivity
  • Voyeurism
  • Supervision
  • Transference and countertransference
  • Validity
  • Reliability
  • Theory in use
  • Theory in action
  • Free association interview
  • Epistemology

The first case study we will follow in this chapter is from Pamela Stewart's research into mother–infant bonding in prison. It forms a powerful example of how the research relationship is being negotiated with great sensitivity and care for the participants. The research is based on infant observation, as part of Pamela's MSc research for the Tavistock Institute. Pamela begins by ...

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