about the project
My name is Katy Barbier-Greenland and my PhD project investigates family secrets. I'm a qualified social worker and I have a background in social policy, writing and research coordination.
My research explores reproductive family secrets in particular, which are those related to conception and birth. The overarching research question for the project is 'how do reproductive family secrets impact on people's lives?'.
I’m always happy to talk about my project so if you have any questions please get in touch. Please note that the data collection process is now complete, so I’m not doing any more interviews.
This is a qualitative research project, based in sociology and psychology at the School of Arts, Social Science and Humanities at Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia, although I live in the Netherlands now. Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like to talk to me about the project.
reproductive family secrets
These include secrets related to conception and birth, and include secrets like:
· secret or hidden children, siblings, half-siblings
· secret adoptions, surrogacy, involvement of donors or assisted reproductive technology
· children conceived in ways seen as taboo
· mis-assigned or unanticipated parentage.
why undertake this project?
This study has involved interviews with adults about personal and transformative life experiences, shedding light on what they mean for people, their identities and their perspectives on families. It will produce insights about family dynamics and how secrecy and power function in families, and will generate material for professionals to help them support people going through such experiences.
privacy and confidentiality
Everyone who participates in this research (and anyone they mention in their story!) will be completely anonymised and details changed so that no one is able to be identified. Privacy, confidentiality and anonymity are critical elements of my project.
This project has received full ethics clearance from Swinburne University. If you have any queries please get in touch with me via the Contact the researcher page.