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Type: Journal article
Title: Challenges, facilitators and enablers of conducting research with youth from refugee backgrounds
Author: Ziaian, T.
Puvimanasinghe, T.
Miller, E.
De Anstiss, H.
Dollard, M.
Esterman, A.
Barrie, H.
Afsharian, A.
Citation: Australian Community Psychologist, 2018; 29(2):56-73
Publisher: Australian Psychological Society
Issue Date: 2018
ISSN: 1835-7393
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Tahereh Ziaian, Teresa Puvimanasinghe, Emily Miller, Helena de Anstiss, Maureen Dollard, Adrian Esterman, Helen Barrie, Ali Afsharian
Abstract: Methodological and ethical challenges encountered when conducting research with refugee populations can pertain to gaining access to the population concerned, dispelling confusion about the research process, fostering trust among participants and their communities, addressing language and cultural barriers, and managing tensions in academic-industry partnerships. This article describes the challenges, facilitators and enablers we encountered when planning and designing a research project to investigate education and employment outcomes among newly arrived young people from refugee backgrounds. Notwithstanding careful planning, we encountered a number of challenges that could only be effectively managed by developing strong relationships with Industry Partners, Bilingual Youth Workers, and research participants. Our experiences may be useful to cross-cultural and other researchers seeking to undertake cross-cultural research.
Rights: © The Australian Psychological Society Ltd
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Published version:,-No-2,-December-2018
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