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Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Open peer review
Title: “What do you need? What are you experiencing?” Relationship building and power dynamics in participatory research projects : critical self-reflections of researchers
Authors: Arnold, Doris
Glässel, Andrea
Böttger, Tabea
Sarma, Navina
Bethmann, Andreas
Narimani, Petra
et. al: No
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph19159336
Published in: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume(Issue): 19
Issue: 15
Page(s): 9336
Issue Date: 30-Jul-2022
Publisher / Ed. Institution: MDPI
ISSN: 1660-4601
Language: English
Subjects: Participatory research; Participation; Health; Power; Reflection; DIPEx; Understanding of rules in research; Research relationship; Error culture
Subject (DDC): 000: Generalities and science
Abstract: Participatory approaches create opportunities for cooperation, building relationships, gaining knowledge, rethinking, and eventually changing power structures. From an international perspective, the article looks at the historical development of different participatory approaches in which building relationships and managing the balance of power between persons engaged in participatory research are central. The authors present and critically reflect on four research projects to show how they understood and implemented participatory research in different ways and what they have learned from their respective experiences. The “PaSuMi” project worked in the context of addiction prevention with migrants and provides a glimpse into different contexts of participatory research. The initiator of the study “Back into life—with a power wheelchair” works with post-stroke individuals who use the assistive device in community mobility and reflects on the shifting and intertwining roles of participants. In the research project “Workshops for the implementation of expanded community nursing”, new professional roles for nurses in community nursing were developed; here limitations to participation and ways to deal with them are illustrated. Finally, the “DIPEx” project deals with challenges of enabling participation of persons with multiple sclerosis via narrative interviews on the experience of health and illness. All examples underline the necessity of a permanent reflection on relationships and power dynamics in participatory research processes.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): CC BY 4.0: Attribution 4.0 International
Departement: School of Health Sciences
Organisational Unit: Institute of Public Health (IPH)
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