Oh, What a Tangled Web We Weave: Experiences of Doing 'Multiple Perspectives' Research in Families

Jeni Harden, Kathryn Backett-Milburn, Malcolm Hill, Alice MacLean

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It is not uncommon to explore the views of parents and children in qualitative research with families. Yet the implications and challenges of a multiple perspective approach often remain at a relatively taken-for-granted level. In this article we draw on our experience across a range of qualitative interview-based projects, focusing in particular on two case studies, to illustrate the practical working out of the challenges posed by multiple perspective research in families. The implications of research with parents and children are discussed in relation to two themes - power and truth. This discussion reflects on the challenges and benefits of multiple perspective research at different points in the research process. It is not the intention of this article to try to provide definitive 'answers' to some of the challenges posed. Rather we aim to open up discussion by reflecting on a range of scenarios, offering suggestions based on our experience, and so, allow the reader to reflect on the particularities of their own research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)441-452
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Social Research Methodology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • multiple perspectives
  • family research
  • qualitative


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