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Risk for Researchers Studying Social Deviance or Criminal Behavior

Brougham, Patricia L. and Uttley, Clarissa M. (2017) Risk for Researchers Studying Social Deviance or Criminal Behavior. Social Sciences, 6 (4). ISSN 2076-0760

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Researchers often encounter dangerous situations while conducting social research. The concept of risk to researchers refers to the possible harm that may occur to researchers while in the field or after leaving a research project. This study explores issues experienced by social scientists engaged in research on social deviance or criminal behavior. The goal of this research was to discover the types of risk experienced by social scientists and any mediating factors affecting the experience of risk. An online survey was conducted to gather data on issues experienced by social scientists. This study found that researchers experienced a variety of risks within the categories of physical/health, emotional, legal, and personal/professional. Each of the survey options for risk were reported by at least one respondent; however, the greatest number of risks reported were of an emotional or personal/professional nature. There were no mediating factors found to be significant in relation to the experience of risk. This was a surprising finding especially for the variable of gender as it is suggested that gender plays a role in the experience of difficulties.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
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Brougham, Patricia L.
Uttley, Clarissa M.
Date: 28 October 2017
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Social Sciences
Volume: 6
Number: 4
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.3390/socsci6040130
Schools and Programs: University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: risk, danger, researcher, fieldwork
ISSN: 2076-0760
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Article Type: Research Article
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2021 18:55
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2021 18:55


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