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Title: The risk of secondary traumatic stress in the qualitative transcription process: A research note.
Authors: O'Reilly, Michelle J.
Kiyimba, N.
First Published: 20-Apr-2015
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd.
Citation: Qualitative Research April 20, 2015 1468794115577013
Abstract: It 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 paper we critically discuss the importance of considering the effects on transcriptionists who engage with qualitative data.
DOI Link: 10.1177/1468794115577013
ISSN: 1468-7941
eISSN: 1741-3109
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Archived with reference to SHERPA/RoMEO and publisher website. Version of record:
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