The research couple: a psychoanalytic perspective on dilemmas in the qualitative research interview

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The relational, collaborative values of the qualitative research paradigm frequently require us to consider sharing the ongoing analysis of data with our research participants for comment and feedback. However, qualitative researchers may experience some tension between balancing participants' narrative accounts with their own analytic perspective and use of psychological theory. In using a psychoanalytic framework to explore this predicament, this paper adopts the notion of the ‘research couple', analogous to the psychotherapeutic ‘analytic couple', to consider possible oedipal dynamics within the qualitative research interview. The paper explores some of the emotional and ethical tensions in analysing and presenting research results and briefly discusses some implications for research training.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-53
JournalEuropean Journal of Psychotherapy & Counselling
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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