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Using a range of communication tools to interview a hard-to-reach population.

Harvey, O., van Teijlingen, E. and Parrish, M., 2023. Using a range of communication tools to interview a hard-to-reach population. Sociological Research Online. (In Press)

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DOI: 10.1177/13607804221142212


Online communication tools are increasingly being used by qualitative researchers; hence it is timely to reflect on the differences when using a broad range of data collection methods. Using a case study with a potentially hard-to-reach substance-using population who are often distrustful of researchers, this article explores the use of a variety of different platforms for interviews. It highlights both the advantages and disadvantages of each method. Face-to-face interviews and online videos offer more opportunity to build rapport, but lack anonymity. Live Webchat and audio-only interviews offer a high level of anonymity, but both may incur a loss of non-verbal communication, and in the Webchat a potential loss of personal narrative. This article is intended for sociologists who wish to broaden their methods for conducting research interviews.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:anabolic androgenic steroids; drug users; hard-to-reach populations; interviews; qualitative methods; rapport; virtual platforms
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:38206
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:24 Feb 2023 16:49
Last Modified:24 Feb 2023 16:49


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