Be my guest! Challenges and practical solutions of undertaking interviews with children in the home setting

Jane Coad, F. Gibson, M. Horstman, L. Milnes, D. Randall, B. Carter

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    Abstract

    This article aims to share critical debate on undertaking interviews with children in the home setting and draws on the authors’ extensive research fieldwork. The article focuses on three key processes: planning entry to the child’s home, conducting the interviews and exiting the field. In planning entry, we include children’s engagement and issues of researcher gender. In conducting the interviews, we consider issues such as the balance of power, the importance of building a rapport, the voluntary nature of consent and the need for a flexible interview structure. Finally, we address exiting from the child’s home with sensitivity at the end of the interview and/or research study. Undertaking research in the child’s home provides a known and familiar territory for the child, but it means that the researcher faces a number of challenges that require solutions whilst they are a guest in a child’s home.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)432-443
    JournalJournal of Child Health Care
    Volume19
    Issue number4
    Early online date8 May 2014
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2015

    Keywords

    • Children
    • fieldwork
    • health
    • interviews
    • qualitative approaches

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