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Personal and Professional Perspectives on Social Nudism: Should You Be Personally Involved in Your Research?
Marilyn D. Story
The Journal of Sex Research
Vol. 30, No. 2 (May, 1993), pp. 111-114
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3812606
Page Count: 4
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My personal involvement in social nudism has been an asset in my 14 years of research comparing social nudists and non-nudists on child and adult body self concept and on adult sexual attitudes and behaviors. With personal involvement, you have a better understanding of the important issues that need to be researched. You may have access to existing literature not readily available and to participants who would not talk to "outsiders." You have the understanding necessary to be able to examine the meaning of the data within the context of the specific group culture. In addition, personal involvement is an added incentive to persevere through the setbacks and tedious parts of the research. If you follow your scientific training, you can do credible research while maintaining personal involvement in your research area. You can also learn how to handle discrimination toward you and your research and how to avoid having your research misinterpreted in support of others' political or personal agendas when giving expert witness testimony or mass media interviews. In this article I address the interactions among personal lifestyle issues, professional issues, research issues, and expert witness testimony issues.
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