Gender sensitive research in a Chinese community

Simon Chan, Ian Frank Shaw

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The aim of this article is to foster an awareness of the need for gender-sensitive research in the context of the methodological and ethical challenges posed by such research. We trace the development of gender sensitivity and masculinity in social work practice and research and connect this to an overview of the issues posed by research on sensitive topics. Reflecting on a research project involving Chinese male sexual abuse survivors, we draw conclusions illustrating and
proposing a range of methodological practices and ethical safeguards. We underscore the importance of gender-sensitivity in performing research on sensitive topics with men in a Chinese community.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)90-102
Number of pages13
JournalAsian Social Work and Policy Review
Issue number1
Early online date7 Jan 2016
Publication statusPublished - 23 Feb 2016

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  • gender-sensitivity; masculinity; research ethics; sensitive research; sexual abuse

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