Research methods with disabled populations

Elizabeth Eckhardt, Jeane Anastas

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Although social work and related fields need more research involving people with disabilities, such studies can pose special challenges due to lack of understanding of disability issues, the disempowerment and invisibility of many who are disabled, and communication barriers. This article discusses ways of eliminating bias and maintaining ethical safeguards when designing and conducting research on people with disabilities. Participatory action research, which engages those studied in the design and conduct of research, is discussed as a model, as is the use of qualitative methods. Recent methodological innovations in survey research with deaf populations are also described and illustrated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)233-249
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Social Work in Disability and Rehabilitation
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Apr 26 2007


  • Internet research
  • Participatory action research
  • Research ethics
  • Research methods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Sociology and Political Science


Dive into the research topics of 'Research methods with disabled populations'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this