Faculty Scholarly Dissemination Grants


Sensitive subject matters: What determines vulnerability in Social Work research?


School of Social Work


College of Community and Public Service

Date Range



Social and Behavioral Sciences


While research standards routinely discuss the protection of vulnerable populations, social work historically has emphasized populations-at-risk in the training of social work students. These terms do not necessarily refer to the same populations or mutually exclude each other. How do social work instructors assist students in topic selection for research endeavors and negotiate appropriate human subjects protections? What work should/ should not be completed in the social work research classroom? This paper explores the recent work of a student investigator that created new dynamics for one department and yielded further introspection about our own processes and examination into how other schools handle student research at the Masters level.

Conference Name

9th Annual International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry

Conference Location

Champaign, IL

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