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Powell, Mary Ann; McArthur, Morag; Chalmers, Jenny; Graham, Anne; Moore, Tim; Spriggs, Merle; Taplin, Stephanie – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
While there is broad consensus that involving children in research is critically important for understanding their lives, there is considerable caution around their participation in social research on 'sensitive' issues. Such caution is further amplified by a lack of agreement about what constitutes a 'sensitive topic'. This article draws on data…
Descriptors: Children, Social Science Research, Stakeholders, Parents
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Vogl, Susanne; Zartler, Ulrike; Schmidt, Eva-Maria; Rieder, Irene – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
Collecting multiple perspectives data (e.g. from related individuals) in a qualitative longitudinal design can provide rich understanding of the dynamics at play in complex relational systems, and the different perceptions of people involved. However, such approaches are inherently challenging due to the complexity and volume of data involved. So…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Longitudinal Studies, Interviews, Data Analysis
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Thorpe, Rachel; Hawkes, Gail; Dune, Tinashe; Fileborn, Bianca; Pitts, Marian; Minichiello, Victor – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
This paper examines the role of the research process in shaping the construction of knowledge about sensitive topics in in-depth interviews particularly with regard to researcher identity and cultural influences or norms. We argue that these influences shape all aspects of the research process and that researchers will benefit from reflecting upon…
Descriptors: Sexuality, Interviews, Cultural Influences, Females
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Mann, Rosemary; Warr, Deborah – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2017
Growing interest in mixed method approaches to social research, alongside calls to expand methodological toolboxes to include the use of visual, mobile, sensory and observational methods, are generating diverse forms of research data that represent a range of ways of knowing. We discuss a study that used multiple methods to explore the…
Descriptors: Figurative Language, Dropouts, Foreign Countries, Ethnography
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Easpaig, Bróna Nic Giolla – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2017
The purpose of the paper is to offer a detailed explication of collectively enacted analytical and sense-making practices in participatory research. The co-production of knowledge is central to the methodological integrity of participatory research, but capturing the shared and collaborative processes through which meaning is made; particularly…
Descriptors: Participatory Research, Memory, Sexual Identity, Psychology
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Lancaster, Kari – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2017
While the methods used to study 'elites' are of particular relevance in policy research, to date there has been little examination of the particular challenges associated with 'elite' interviewing in this field. More specifically, the issues associated with interviewing 'elites' while conducting qualitative research in a contested policy domain,…
Descriptors: Social Science Research, Confidentiality, Privacy, Power Structure
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Lee, Katherine J.; Roberts, Gehan; Doyle, Lex W.; Anderson, Peter J.; Carlin, John B. – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2016
Multiple imputation (MI), a two-stage process whereby missing data are imputed multiple times and the resulting estimates of the parameter(s) of interest are combined across the completed datasets, is becoming increasingly popular for handling missing data. However, MI can result in biased inference if not carried out appropriately or if the…
Descriptors: Data Analysis, Statistical Inference, Computation, Research Problems
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Teusner, Annabel – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2016
Validity in the context of qualitative research may take on many different definitions depending on the philosophical perspective. When a researcher conducts research within their place of employment, this will also influence the approach and interpretation. Insider research has been under scrutiny for the very fact that the insider is an actor…
Descriptors: Validity, Conceptual Tempo, Foreign Countries, Occupational Safety and Health
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Haynes, Abby; Turner, Tari; Redman, Sally; Milat, Andrew J.; Moore, Gabriel – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2015
The development of definitions is an integral part of the research process but is often poorly described. This paper details the iterative development of five definitions: Policy, Health policy-maker, Health policy agency, Policy documents, and Research findings. We describe the challenges of developing definitions in a large multidisciplinary…
Descriptors: Intervention, Health Services, Foreign Countries, Definitions
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Pescud, Melanie; Pettigrew, Simone; Wood, Lisa; Henley, Nadine – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2015
Low socio-economic groups are typically difficult to recruit and retain in health research, which makes it difficult to investigate their health-related beliefs and behaviours. Low socio-economic parents with overweight or obese children took part in a longitudinal qualitative child obesity study over 12 months. These parents' views of and…
Descriptors: Low Income, Obesity, Health Behavior, Longitudinal Studies
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Povee, Kate; Roberts, Lynne D. – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2015
In psychology, there has been a growing interest in mixed methods approaches, however, only a minority of published research explicitly use this methodology. This study aimed to explore the full range of attitudes toward mixed methods research in psychology held by students and academics, using the model of attitudes by Eagly and Chaiken as a…
Descriptors: Psychology, College Students, College Faculty, Mixed Methods Research