Researching with care - participatory health research with Afghan women refugees in Germany during the Covid-19 pandemic: A case with commentaries

Naseem Tayebi, Marilena van Köppen, Petra Plunger, Susanne Börner, Sarah Banks

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Abstract

This article comprises a short case exemplifying ethical challenges arising for a participatory researcher working with Afghan women refugees during the Covid-19 pandemic in Germany. The researcher is an Iranian-German woman, qualified as a midwife, undertaking doctoral research on refugees’ access to reproductive health care. Disclosures about some women’s experience of domestic violence are made, which raise ethical issues for the researcher relating to personal-professional boundaries, roles and responsibilities. Two commentaries are given on this case from participatory researchers based in Germany, UK and Austria. Both commentaries highlight the relevance of the ethics of care for participatory research and for this research in particular, which entails very close relationships between the doctoral researcher and the refugee women with whom she is researching. The first commentary analyses the research process in terms of Tronto’s five phases of care, while the second illustrates the importance of caring institutions in supporting researchers working on sensitive topics.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEthics and Social Welfare
Early online date14 May 2023
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 14 May 2023

Keywords

  • Participatory health research
  • Afghan women refugees
  • ethical challenges
  • ethics of care
  • domestic violence

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