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Challenges to Using Forensic Administrative Data on a Sensitive Research Topic in an Australian Indigenous Population

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By: Cate Bailey Published: 2018 | Product: SAGE Research Methods Cases Part 2
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Abstract

This case outlines some of the processes involved in writing a PhD thesis on a sensitive topic, using forensic administrative data, in an Indigenous population. Issues raised include the author’s initial concerns about the project, a discussion of using forensic administrative data sourced from police information management systems, dealing with one-to-many relationships between variables, missing data on a main variable, and working with data relating to Indigenous populations. The case concludes with a discussion of the author’s emotional response to the topic, with advice on how to manage vicarious trauma that may be caused by doing research on child sexual abuse.

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