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Title: From ‘other’ to involved: User involvement in research: An emerging paradigm
Authors: Beresford, P
Keywords: Social work;User involvement;'Othering';Research;Evaluation;Theory;User knowledge
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: Nordic Social Work Research, 3(2), 139 - 148, 2013
Abstract: This article explores the issue of ‘othering’ service users and the role that involving them, particularly in social policy and social work research may play in reducing this. It takes, as its starting point, the concept of ‘social exclusion’, which has developed in Europe and the marginal role that those who have been included in this construct have played in its development and the damaging effects this may have. The article explores service user involvement in research and is itself written from a service user perspective. It pays particular attention to the ideological, practical, theoretical, ethical and methodological issues that such user involvement may raise for research. It examines problems that both research and user involvement may give rise to and also considers developments internationally to involve service users/subjects of research, highlighting some of the possible implications and gains of engaging service user knowledge in research and the need for this to be evaluated.
Description: This article has been made available through the Brunel Open Access Publishing Fund. Copyright @ 2013 The Author(s). This is an Open Access article. Non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly attributed, cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way, is permitted. The moral rights of the named author(s) have been asserted.
ISSN: 2156-857X
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Brunel OA Publishing Fund
Dept of Clinical Sciences Research Papers

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