Hidden yet visible: methodological challenges researching sexual health in Sudanese refugee communities

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Title Hidden yet visible: methodological challenges researching sexual health in Sudanese refugee communities
Author Dean, Judith; Wollin, Judy; Stewart, Donald Edwin; Debattista, Joseph; Mitchell, Marion Lucy
Journal Name Culture, Health and Sexuality
Editor Peter Aggleton
Year Published 2012
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Abstract Research addressing sensitive topics with people from small, minority, ethnic communities can present challenges that are difficult to address using conventional methods. This paper reports on the methodological approach used to explore sexual health knowledge, attitudes and beliefs among the Sudanese community in Queensland, Australia. The multiphase, mixed-method study involved young people 16 to 24 years of age participating in a written survey and semi-structured interview and focus-group discussions with the broader Queensland Sudanese community members. Community collaboration, the key factor to the success of this research, optimised the development of a research environment that built trust and facilitated access and subsequent understanding. Research conducted in partnership with the target community can address methodological challenges and produce meaningful information when researching sensitive topics with small but ‘highly-visible’ populations.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13691058.2012.709639
Copyright Statement Copyright 2012 Routledge. This is the author-manuscript version of the paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.Please refer to the journal link for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 2012
Edition iFirst
Page from 1
Page to 12
ISSN 1464-5351
Date Accessioned 2012-09-05
Language en_US
Research Centre Centre for Health Practice Innovation; Griffith Health Institute; Population and Social Health Research Program
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Nursing; Public Health and Health Services
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/47624
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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