This article seeks to determine whether a clinical approach can break down some of the barriers that exist between researchers and lowincome families and individuals, and whether such an approach can be empowering and raise awareness. Research conducted in Canada on alternative resources for low-income families highlights some of the characteristics and limitations of the clinical approach. While the clinical approach can foster closer links between researchers and disadvantaged people, it does not necessarily challenge structural inequalities or promote empowering practices. A definition of the clinical approach is compared and contrasted with the approach discussed in this paper.

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