Shivji, N ORCID: (2022) Reflecting on 'insider'/'outsider' positionality when undertaking culturally sensitive research with young Pakistani Men: Insights from a female researcher. Nurse Researcher. (In Press)

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Background Conducting culturally sensitive research into male experiences can be challenging for female researchers. Despite this, very few reflective accounts of how researchers overcome these difficulties are available in literature.
Aim To illustrate a female researcher’s challenges in conducting research into the young men’s experiences of puberty in Pakistan and highlight strategies used to overcome these.
Results A key challenge was creating an environment in which participants felt able to share their experiences. This was overcome by the incorporation of the lived experience of the public involvement contributors in the development stage of the project, offering a choice of interview format to participants and other solutions driven by the ‘insider’ position of the researcher (being from a same culture). Interestingly the researcher’s ‘outsider’ role as a mature and pregnant woman appeared to create a ‘safe’ environment allowing the young men to openly share their personal experiences.
Discussion and Conclusion Female researchers can successfully conduct culturally sensitive research with young men in patriarchal societies such as Pakistan. The key is to be aware of potential cultural issues and to utilise any ‘insider’/ ‘outsider’ positionality to greatest effect.
Implications for Practice In addition to adapting procedures, such as gaining trust, building rapport, and assuring a non-judgemental and comfortable environment, the ‘outsider’ position of the female researcher should be given due consideration when undertaking culturally sensitive research with men.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The final version of this article and all relevant information related to it, including copyrights, can be found on the publisher website.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
R Medicine > R Medicine (General) > R735 Medical education. Medical schools. Research
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 10 May 2022 12:00
Last Modified: 10 May 2022 12:00

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