Reflecting on Researching the Family Biogram: The Challenges and Opportunties of Working in Violent Contexts

  • Victoria Lidchi ISPCAN(International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect)Project Manager,Brazil


This narrative is written as a reflection on the dilemmas, challenges and opportunities encountered when undertaking cross-cultural fieldwork in unstable and violent contexts. The fieldwork was carried out in order to design an instrument to capture the experience of internally displaced families in Colombia, and provided a context in which to think about the experience of fear and the meaning of resilience. As a family therapist and child psychologist working in the field of violence and abuse, the author is accustomed to using these words. However, during her time in Colombia, the author gained a deeper understanding of both, which she believes influenced how she was able to present the research.

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