Participant validation: Exploring a contested tool in qualitative research
Peer reviewed, Journal article
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OriginalversjonQualitative Social Work. 2020, 19 , 1-16 10.1177/1473325020968189
This paper examines the use of participant validation in qualitative research, and illustrates that the process of validation can be something more than validation. It can also generate new data and provide the participants with empowering experiences. The paper is based on an action research project involving birth parents in the development of new types of services for parents who involuntary have had a child placed in care. In addition to discussing the challenges of participant validation, this paper also highlights the methodological, ethical, and empowering effects of this type of validation.