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Reflexivity: an Essential Component for All Research?

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This article explains how reflexivity offers us a way to turn the problem of subjectivity in research into an opportunity. Examples of personal reflexivity, in the form of subjective analysis of some research encounters which have occurred during my own research, are presented to illustrate how the reflexive process can unfold new understandings. The discussion argues that personal and methodological reflexivity should be included as an element of every investigation (qualitative or quantitative) and that without it the validity of the research could be undermined.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 1998

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  • The British Journal of Occupational Therapy (BJOT) is the official journal of the College of Occupational Therapists. Its purpose is to publish articles relevant to theory, practice, research, education and management in occupational therapy internationally.

    BJOT publishes research articles, critical reviews, practice analyses, opinion pieces, editorials, letters to the editor, book reviews and an annual index. Please refer to the author's guide at http://www.cot.co.uk/british-journal-bjot/british-journal-occupational-therapy

    Submissions can be made at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bjot

    The 2012 Impact Factor for The British Journal of Occupational Therapy is 1.096.

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