Problematic interviewee behaviors in qualitative research.

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Mona M. Shattell, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: The interview is a staple of many qualitative approaches. Although textbooks offer extensive guidance to researchers about conducting interviews, less guidance is available about problem-atic interviewee behaviors, such as flattery or statements indicative of social desirability response bias. In this study, a secondary analysis of22 phenomenological interview transcripts, we sought to examine problematic interviewee behaviors. More than 300pages of typed text were subjected to line-by-line scrutiny, yielding only six potential instances of the phenomenon. Each could be interpreted several ways. What appeared to be flattery could also be perceived as simple gratitude or appreciation. We concluded that problematic behavior was rare in this data set.

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Western Journal of Nursing Research, 27(2), 188-199
Language: English
Date: 2005
Qualitative interviewing, Social desirability, Validity threats, Phenomenological study

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