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Conducting Research With Criminalized Women in an Incarcerated Setting: The Researcher's Perspective Effectuer une étude auprès des femmes criminalisées en milieu carcéral : le point de vue des chercheurs

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Abstract:

Although women incarcerated by the criminal justice system encounter significant challenges to their health, there has been little research focusing on their health practices. To contribute to the research literature on the health experiences of criminalized women, the authors conducted a multi-method study as part of a program of research exploring the health promotion and health-literacy skills of women in conflict with the law. Conducting research in an incarcerated setting posed unique challenges and ethical dilemmas that problematized each phase of data collection. The authors share their experiences as health researchers conducting research in an incarcerated setting and with criminalized women. They document some of the challenges, successes, and valuable lessons learned during the research process in the hope that by sharing their knowledge with other health researchers they will support future studies with criminalized women.

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Bien que d'importantes menaces pèsent sur la santé des femmes incarcérées par le système de justice pénale, il n'existe que très peu de travaux de recherche qui portent sur leur hygiène de vie. Afin d'apporter leur contribution aux projets de recherche sur la condition de santé des femmes criminalisées, les auteures ont mené une recherche multiméthode dans le cadre d'un programme de recherche visant à étudier la promotion de la santé et les compétences des femmes ayant des démêlés avec la justice sur le plan de la santé. Les travaux de recherche effectués en milieu carcéral présentent des difficultés uniques et soulèvent des dilemmes éthiques qui ont problématisé chaque phase de la collecte de données. Les auteures font part de leur expérience en tant que chercheuses en santé menant une recherche en milieu carcéral auprès des femmes criminalisées. Elles décrivent certaines des difficultés, des réussites et des précieuses leçons apprises durant le processus de recherche dans l'espoir qu'en transmettant leurs connaissances à d'autres chercheurs en santé, elles inspireront de futures études auprès de femmes criminalisées.

Keywords: COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH METHODS; HEALTH PROMOTION; UNDER-SERVED POPULATIONS; WOMEN'S HEALTH

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2013

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