Advanced search
1 file | 685.96 KB Add to list

Research in hard-to-reach populations : challenges and strategies for conducting sexual violence studies in applicants for international protection beyond the European General Data Protection Regulation

Author
Organization
Abstract
Background: Conducting research in hard-to-reach populations such as applicants for international protection (AIPs) brings along a number of research challenges. This is especially true for sexual violence (SV) research. Methods: We developed a study design with the intent to reach AIPs in a randomized and anonymous manner including potential illiterate respondents as well, while avoiding as much bias as possible. However, this method was developed just before the entry into force of the new European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), upon which important new research challenges emerged. Results: This paper describes the original study design developed to estimate SV prevalence in AIPs in Belgium. We discuss the impact of the GDPR on the recruitment strategy applied to conduct a survey on SV in a randomly selected sample of AIPs, the adapted approach to conduct the study beyond GDPR and lessons learned for future research on sensitive topics in hard-to-reach populations such as AIPs. Conclusion: To achieve reliable prevalence numbers and provide high-quality data on SV in AIPs while respecting the GDPR regulations, studies will require an approach that has become significantly more time consuming and resource intensive to implement.
Keywords
Asylum Seekers, Migrant Health, Belgium, Sexual Violence, Privacy Protection, Public Health, GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE, MIGRANTS, ASYLUM, MEN

Downloads

  • De Schrijver et al 2021 research in hard to reach populations beyond gdpr IJHPM.pdf
    • full text (Published version)
    • |
    • open access
    • |
    • PDF
    • |
    • 685.96 KB

Citation

Please use this url to cite or link to this publication:

MLA
De Schrijver, Lotte, et al. “Research in Hard-to-Reach Populations : Challenges and Strategies for Conducting Sexual Violence Studies in Applicants for International Protection beyond the European General Data Protection Regulation.” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HEALTH POLICY AND MANAGEMENT, 2022, doi:10.34172/ijhpm.2021.122.
APA
De Schrijver, L., Cismaru Inescu, A., Hahaut, B., Vandeviver, C., Nisen, L., & Keygnaert, I. (2022). Research in hard-to-reach populations : challenges and strategies for conducting sexual violence studies in applicants for international protection beyond the European General Data Protection Regulation. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HEALTH POLICY AND MANAGEMENT. https://doi.org/10.34172/ijhpm.2021.122
Chicago author-date
De Schrijver, Lotte, Adina Cismaru Inescu, Bastien Hahaut, Christophe Vandeviver, Laurent Nisen, and Ines Keygnaert. 2022. “Research in Hard-to-Reach Populations : Challenges and Strategies for Conducting Sexual Violence Studies in Applicants for International Protection beyond the European General Data Protection Regulation.” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HEALTH POLICY AND MANAGEMENT. https://doi.org/10.34172/ijhpm.2021.122.
Chicago author-date (all authors)
De Schrijver, Lotte, Adina Cismaru Inescu, Bastien Hahaut, Christophe Vandeviver, Laurent Nisen, and Ines Keygnaert. 2022. “Research in Hard-to-Reach Populations : Challenges and Strategies for Conducting Sexual Violence Studies in Applicants for International Protection beyond the European General Data Protection Regulation.” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HEALTH POLICY AND MANAGEMENT. doi:10.34172/ijhpm.2021.122.
Vancouver
1.
De Schrijver L, Cismaru Inescu A, Hahaut B, Vandeviver C, Nisen L, Keygnaert I. Research in hard-to-reach populations : challenges and strategies for conducting sexual violence studies in applicants for international protection beyond the European General Data Protection Regulation. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HEALTH POLICY AND MANAGEMENT. 2022;
IEEE
[1]
L. De Schrijver, A. Cismaru Inescu, B. Hahaut, C. Vandeviver, L. Nisen, and I. Keygnaert, “Research in hard-to-reach populations : challenges and strategies for conducting sexual violence studies in applicants for international protection beyond the European General Data Protection Regulation,” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HEALTH POLICY AND MANAGEMENT, 2022.
@article{8734982,
  abstract     = {{Background: Conducting research in hard-to-reach populations such as applicants for international protection (AIPs) brings along a number of research challenges. This is especially true for sexual violence (SV) research. Methods: We developed a study design with the intent to reach AIPs in a randomized and anonymous manner including potential illiterate respondents as well, while avoiding as much bias as possible. However, this method was developed just before the entry into force of the new European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), upon which important new research challenges emerged. Results: This paper describes the original study design developed to estimate SV prevalence in AIPs in Belgium. We discuss the impact of the GDPR on the recruitment strategy applied to conduct a survey on SV in a randomly selected sample of AIPs, the adapted approach to conduct the study beyond GDPR and lessons learned for future research on sensitive topics in hard-to-reach populations such as AIPs. Conclusion: To achieve reliable prevalence numbers and provide high-quality data on SV in AIPs while respecting the GDPR regulations, studies will require an approach that has become significantly more time consuming and resource intensive to implement.}},
  author       = {{De Schrijver, Lotte and Cismaru Inescu, Adina and Hahaut, Bastien and Vandeviver, Christophe and Nisen, Laurent and Keygnaert, Ines}},
  issn         = {{2322-5939}},
  journal      = {{INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HEALTH POLICY AND MANAGEMENT}},
  keywords     = {{Asylum Seekers,Migrant Health,Belgium,Sexual Violence,Privacy Protection,Public Health,GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE,MIGRANTS,ASYLUM,MEN}},
  language     = {{eng}},
  pages        = {{8}},
  title        = {{Research in hard-to-reach populations : challenges and strategies for conducting sexual violence studies in applicants for international protection beyond the European General Data Protection Regulation}},
  url          = {{http://dx.doi.org/10.34172/ijhpm.2021.122}},
  year         = {{2022}},
}

Altmetric
View in Altmetric
Web of Science
Times cited: