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dc.contributor.authorWilson, Sarah-
dc.contributor.authorCunningham-Burley, Sarah-
dc.contributor.authorBancroft, Angus-
dc.contributor.authorBackett-Milburn, Kathryn-
dc.contributor.authorMasters, Hugh-
dc.description.abstractResearch into potentially sensitive issues with young people presents numerous methodological and ethical challenges. While recent studies have highlighted the advantages of task-based activities in research with young people, the literature on life history research provides few suggestions as to effective and appropriate research tools for encouraging young people to tell their stories. This paper explores the contribution that may be made to such research by the life grid, a visual tool for mapping important life events against the passage of time and prompting wide-ranging discussion. Critical advantages of the life grid in qualitative research include: its visual element which can help to engage interviewer and interviewee in a process of constructing and reflecting on a concrete life history record; its role in creating a more relaxed research encounter supportive of the respondent’s ‘voice’; and facilitating the discussion of sensitive issues. In addition, the way in which use of the grid anchors such narratives in accounts of everyday life, often revealing interesting tensions, is explored. These points are discussed with reference to an exploratory study of young people’s experience of parental substance use.en_UK
dc.relationWilson S, Cunningham-Burley S, Bancroft A, Backett-Milburn K & Masters H (2007) Young People, Biographical Narratives and the Life Grid: Young People's Accounts of Parental Substance Use, Qualitative Research, 7 (1), pp. 135-151.-
dc.rightsPublished in Qualitative Research. Copyright: SAGE Publications.; The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Qualitative Research, Volume 7, Issue 1, 2007, © SAGE Publications, Inc., 2007 by SAGE Publications, Inc. at the Qualitative Research page: on SAGE Journals Online:
dc.subjectlife griden_UK
dc.subjectyoung peopleen_UK
dc.subjectsensitive issuesen_UK
dc.subjectparental substance misuseen_UK
dc.subjectqualitative methodsen_UK
dc.subjecttask-based methodsen_UK
dc.subjectvisual toolsen_UK
dc.subjectlife history researchen_UK
dc.subject.lcshChild welfare-
dc.subject.lcshParents Substance use-
dc.subject.lcshResearch Statistics-
dc.subject.lcshChild psychology Research-
dc.subject.lcshExperience in children-
dc.titleYoung People, Biographical Narratives and the Life Grid: Young People's Accounts of Parental Substance Useen_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
dc.citation.jtitleQualitative Research-
dc.type.statusPost-print (author final draft post-refereeing)-
dc.contributor.affiliationApplied Social Science-
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Edinburgh-
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Edinburgh-
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Edinburgh-
dc.contributor.affiliationEdinburgh Napier University-
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