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Research Article  |   January 2003
Reflections on Self in Qualitative Research: Stories of Family
Author Affiliations
  • Loree A. Primeau, PhD, OTR, OT(C) is Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX 77555-1142; laprimea@utmb.edu
Article Information
Special Section: Qualitative Research
Research Article   |   January 2003
Reflections on Self in Qualitative Research: Stories of Family
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January/February 2003, Vol. 57, 9-16. doi:10.5014/ajot.57.1.9
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January/February 2003, Vol. 57, 9-16. doi:10.5014/ajot.57.1.9
Abstract

Reflexivity is a qualitative research strategy that addresses our subjectivity as researchers related to people and events that we encounter in the field. Reflexivity also addresses the subjective nature of the research account as a narrative constructed by us as researchers. Reflexivity enhances the quality of research through its ability to extend our understanding of how our positions and interests as researchers affect all stages of the research process. The reflexive account presented here frames the analysis and interpretation of previously published findings on work and play in families by highlighting aspects of the researcher’s reflexivity across the entire research process, including situating the study, gaining access, managing self, living in the field, and telling the story. Its purpose is to demonstrate use of reflexivity in qualitative research as a strategy to consider our subjectivity as researchers and serve as signposts for readers about what is happening throughout the research process.