Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Thomas Teo

Researcher-Participant Relationship

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5583-7_267


When psychologists conduct research with humans, a professional relationship exists between two parties – psychological investigators and participants – who share a common humanity. Such relationships have a history of diverse social arrangements that evoke different epistemological and ethical, perhaps political meanings. For most of the discipline’s history mainstream psychologists have organized researcher-participant relationships hierarchically in pursuit of methodological objectivity when conducting research. Yet, from a critical perspective, beyond their relatively objective aspects, researcher-participant relationships in psychology are saturated with intersubjective influence and can be reconstructed along participatory lines.


The term, researcher-participant relationships, refers to the relationship between psychological investigators, on the one hand, and the individuals who provide data, on the other hand. This relationship specifies functions and...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyWilfrid Laurier UniversityWaterlooCanada