Theoretical and ethical issues using Heidegger’s hermeneutics in a research project with children living with physical, intellectual or social disabilities

Marie-Eve Laforest, Pawel J. Krol, Nancy Leblanc


Hermeneutic phenomenology can contribute to the understanding of the lived experience of various health phenomenon of nursing. Although hermeneutic phenomenology is gaining importance in nursing research, it remains important to discuss the theoretical and ethical issues that may be encountered when using such methodology with children living with disabilities. A critical discussion on the use of Heidegger’s hermeneutics when studying the lived experience of children living with disabilities, will help us gain insight on the issues that we may come across as researchers. This article begins with an insightful overview of the core concept of Heidegger Hermeneutic Phenomenology (HHP) followed by a discussion on theoretical and ethical issues that may arise when doing research with children living with disabilities – the topic as example. In light of this discussion, we suggest some innovator implications for nursing practices and nursing research.

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Journal of Nursing Education and Practice

ISSN 1925-4040 (Print)   ISSN 1925-4059 (Online)

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