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Children’s ongoing and relational negotiation of informed assent in child–researcher, child–child and child–parent interaction

Journal article
Authors Stina Ericsson
Sally Boyd
Published in Childhood
Volume 24
Issue 3
Pages 300-315
ISSN 0907-5682
Publication year 2017
Published at Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science
Pages 300-315
Language en
Keywords Assent, children’s participation, informed consent, interaction, research ethics
Subject categories Linguistics, Ethics, Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)


Contemporary considerations of childhood research ethics recognize children’s competence and agency, their rights to be informed about research and their capabilities to negotiate participation. There is also a recognition of children’s assent as ongoing and formed in the relationship with the researcher. Drawing on two different data sets, we investigate information and assent as they appear in child–researcher, child–child and child–parent interactions. We argue for the need to pay attention to participants’ own meaning-making with regard to informed assent, and show how the presence or non-presence of the researcher in data collection may affect information and assent.

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