Participants' reflections on being interviewed about risk and sexual behaviour: implications for collection of qualitative data on sensitive topics


Bourne, AH; Robson, MA; (2015) Participants' reflections on being interviewed about risk and sexual behaviour: implications for collection of qualitative data on sensitive topics. International journal of social research methodology, 18 (1). pp. 105-116. ISSN 1364-5579 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13645579.2013.860747

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Abstract

In this article, we explore how those taking part in an interview about sex and risk reflected on their participation and what, if any, impact it had on them. All 22 individuals who were interviewed in an initial study were invited to document their thoughts and feelings about the research process in a short follow-up exercise. The data relating to the 11 people who shared their reflections on the interview were subjected to a thematic analysis. The themes that emerged describe the value participants placed on honest and open interaction within neutral and non-judgmental environments. They also illustrate how being interviewed about prior behaviour can facilitate a sense-making process and might provide some degree of cathartic benefit. The findings help improve our understanding of how individuals reflect on their interview participation, which can in turn help to inform the development of ethically sensitive qualitative data collection.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Social and Environmental Health Research
Research Centre: Sigma Research
Web of Science ID: 344558600008
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/2094237

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