Sorry to say goodbye: the dilemmas of letting go in longitudinal research.

BATTY, Elaine (2020). Sorry to say goodbye: the dilemmas of letting go in longitudinal research. Qualitative Research.

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The emotional dilemmas and challenges facing researchers within the research process are beginning to be documented within the literature, and academic interest in them is in ascendency. This paper adds to this growing discourse by taking a reflective journey through 19 years of research practice. It presents an honest and revealing manuscript highlighting in particular, the researcher’s emotional dilemmas experienced when disengaging from participants at the end of longitudinal research studies. It uses case studies to highlight some of the challenges in maintaining the participant–researcher boundaries and the emotional dilemmas this creates when trying to say goodbye. It argues that blurring the boundaries of participant–researcher relationships and establishing a trusting relationship can present emotional difficulties for researchers during and long after the closure of a research study.

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Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2020 10:13
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 02:35

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