Research methods with disabled populations

Elizabeth Eckhardt, Jeane Anastas

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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)
Title of host publicationDisability and Social Work Education
Subtitle of host publicationPractice and Policy Issues
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9780203050699
StatePublished - 2013


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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Health Professions
  • General Medicine


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