This book is about researchers’ experiences of doing emotional reflexivity in health and social care settings. While reflexivity has become an integral part of research practice and supervision (Seale, 1999) and a defining feature of qualitative research (Finlay, 2002), questions remain about how to go about doing reflexivity. Researchers in health and social care like other researchers are part of the social worlds they study. They may have multiple identities such as practitioner, counsellor as well as researcher, and they may be motivated to research in certain areas because they have experienced illness themselves. Researchers’ experiences, interactions, emotional involvement and reflections on what they observe form parts of the research process, data analysis and the written account, and are the means by which knowledge is developed (Hammersley, 1992).
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