The risk of secondary traumatic stress in the qualitative transcription process: A research note.
AffiliationUniversity of Chester; University of Leicester
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AbstractIt is recognised that transcribing is not merely a neutral and mechanical process, but is active and requires careful engagement with the qualitative data. Whether the researcher transcribes their own data or employs professional transcriptionists the process requires repeated listening to participants’ personal narratives. This repetition has a cumulative effect on the transcriptionist and hearing the participants’ personal narratives of a sensitive or distressing nature, can have an emotional impact. However, this potential emotional impact is often not something which is accounted for in the planning stages of research. In this article we critically discuss the importance of considering the effects on transcriptionists who engage with qualitative data.
CitationKiyimba, N., & O’Reilly, M. (2015). The risk of secondary traumatic stress in the qualitative transcription process: a research note. Qualitative Research, 16(4), 468-476.
DescriptionKiyimba, N. & O'Reilly, M., The risk of secondary traumatic stress in the qualitative transcription process: a research note, Qualitative Research (16:4) pp. 468-476. Copyright © Nikki Kiyimba & Michelle O'Reilly, 2015. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.
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