Exploring the Concept of Moral Distress with Community-Based Researchers: An Australian Study

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Title Exploring the Concept of Moral Distress with Community-Based Researchers: An Australian Study
Author Sunderland, Naomi Louise; Catalano, Tara Michelle; Kendall, Elizabeth; McAuliffe, Donna Anne; Chenoweth, Lesley Irene
Journal Name Journal of Social Service Research
Editor Sophia F. Dziegielewski
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United States
Publisher Routledge
Abstract Community-based research (CBR) refers to an applied research methodology that is conducted in community settings in partnership between academic and nonacademic participants in research. This article reports on a series of in-depth interviews conducted with 11 Australian CBR researchers between 2008 and 2009. The interviews were designed to explore whether university-employed CBR researchers experience the particular phenomenon of “moral distress,” or feelings of helplessness to act in accordance with one's moral values due to systemic or institutional constraints. Study results found that the CBR researchers experienced unavoidable moral distress at varying levels of intensity related to blurred boundaries between settings, participants, and stakeholders. Based on the outcomes of this study, further research and enhanced professional development and training practices are recommended.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01488376.2011.524526
Volume 37
Issue Number 1
Page from 73
Page to 85
ISSN 0148-8376
Date Accessioned 2011-10-26
Language en_US
Research Centre Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre; Griffith Health Institute; Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance; Population and Social Health Research Program
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Studies in Human Society
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/41611
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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