Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Service user research in social work and disability studies in the United Kingdom

Kathy Boxall (University of Sheffield, UK) and Peter Beresford (Brunel University, Uxbridge, UK) published in Disability & Society Volume 28 Issue 5 (July 2013)


In recent years, there has been growing interest in the involvement of service users in research as well as in research studies that are led by service users.

Although this interest in service users’ roles in research has been evident in both social work and disability studies, the two research disciplines have remained remarkably separate in the United Kingdom.

This paper examines the epistemological underpinnings of social work research and disability studies research and explores the tensions, possibilities and power dynamics of collaboration between the two research disciplines in the United Kingdom.

It concludes by outlining possibilities for social model approaches to social work research.

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