Lost in interpretation: The use of interpreters in research on mental ill health

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Lost in interpretation: The use of interpreters in research on mental ill health
Author(s) Ingvarsdotter, Karin ; Johnsdotter, Sara ; Östman, Margareta
Date 2012
English abstract
BACKGROUND: : The literature concerning interpretation in research primarily concentrates on rigorous techniques to eliminate bias. This article analyses other significant issues that arise when interpreters participate in research. MATERIAL: : Empirical examples are drawn from a research project concerning mental ill health in a multicultural neighbourhood. DISCUSSION: : Interpreters influence interview data in ways commonly unnoticed by researchers. One often-overlooked factor is that languages are dynamic and interpreters are not instruments. CONCLUSION: : Research conducted with an interpreter is a complex undertaking. Solely relying on checklists to improve methodological rigour can result in a false sense of the material's validity.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0020764010382693 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Sage
Host/Issue International Journal of Social Psychiatry;1
Volume 58
ISSN 1741-2854
Pages 34-40
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) interpreter
cross-cultural research
Sweden
mental ill-health
methodological rigour
Medicine
Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/13349 (link to this page)

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