Conducting Epidemiological Research in South Africa: Challenges in the Data Collection Process
Academic Leadership - Online Journal,
Vol. 2 No. 1 (2001): Vol-2-Issue-1-January-2001
This article addresses the challenges faced by research supervisors and research assistants while
collecting data to explore the prevalence of psychiatric disorders among children and adolescents in
South Africa. The article focuses on budgetary constraints, interviewee expectations, moral issues,
limited confidentiality, fatigue factors and racial issues that threatened the completion of the project.
These challenges are examined from the emic-etic theoretical paradigm and the interactions between
the research supervisors, the research assistants and the research participants are analyzed. The
authors propose recommendations that can serve to prepare researchers who embark on conducting
research in similar socio-cultural environments.
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