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ISRN Education
Volume 2012, Article ID 830938, 9 pages
Research Article

Crossing International and Research Boundaries: From Subject to Author for an Authentic Refugee Portrait

1College of Education, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602, USA
2College of Education, University of South Florida, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, B322, Sarasota, FL 34243, USA

Received 28 December 2011; Accepted 1 February 2012

Academic Editors: F. Jimenez, M. Reis, and B. J. Walton Moss

Copyright © 2012 Jasenka Besic and J. Lynn McBrien. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Scholars in training, including qualitative researchers, are often cautioned about their relationship to their research participants with the notion that “getting too close” can distort findings. However, with many participants, especially those with whom issues of trust are problematic due to their personal experiences, researchers cannot gain rich data without creating an authentic and close relationship. In this longitudinal study, a female Bosnian youth and an academic researcher grapple with issues of trust, friendship, and research in an effort to determine ways to create valid research findings over years of relationship building.