Empowering People Experiencing Usher Syndrome as Participants in Research
Evans, MD (2017). Empowering People Experiencing Usher Syndrome as Participants in Research. British Journal of Social Work.
Engaging people from marginalised groups such as the deafblind and Usher communities to participate in research has historically proved challenging, mainly due to communication differences between participants and researcher. Therefore an approach called ‘Multiple Sensory Communication and Interview Methods’ (MSCIM) was developed and used when conducting research with people who are deafblind and have Usher syndrome. This article considers the value of using MSCIM by critiquing the data collection and interview methods used by the author in a qualitative research study with twenty participants aged 18-82 who experience Usher syndrome. Communication and interview methods were participant led with communication methods including: Clear speech, visual frame British Sign Language (BSL), hands on BSL, deafblind manual and written communication. Participants were given the choice to be interviewed face to face, over the telephone, via Skype (video/no video) or email. Whilst this approach was natural in the researcher’s role as a sensory social worker, within the study this approach led to a measure of unexpected equalising between the researched and the researcher and explored how empowering individuals from marginalised groups as active participants in research contributes to inclusivity and promotes trustworthiness in research.
|Keywords||Usher syndrome, Deafblind, Empowerment, Inclusivity, Sensory Social Work, Qualitative Research, Trustworthiness, Sensory-Needs,’ Multiple Sensory Communication and Interview Methods’ (MSCIM); 1607 Social Work; Social Work|
|Journal||British Journal of Social Work|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1093/bjsw/bcw147|
|01 Feb 2017|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||20 Mar 2017|
|Accepted||01 Jul 2016|
|Accepted author manuscript|
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