The Qualitative Report

Articles from Vol. 16, No. 1, January

Anxiety, Knowledge and Help: A Model for How Black and White College Students Search for HIV/AIDS Information on the Internet
The spread of HIV/AIDS is likely to occur on college campuses where drugs and alcohol abuse can lead to unsafe sex, which can lead to HIV/AIDS infection and transmission (American College Health Association, 2007; CDC, 2003; CDC, 2006). Nearly half...
Career Paths, Images and Anchors: A Study with Brazilian Professionals
Some authors have addressed issues concerning labour, employment and career, and emerging from this process we find expressions such as "The Career Chaos", in allusion to the end of solid and longstanding careers, and to the emergence of careers that...
Career Paths, Images and Anchors: A Study with Brazilian Professionals
This article analyses career anchors changes associated to images and professionals trajectories. Its main question: Do anchors careers change through time? We conducted twelve interviews involving professionals from the Administration Area, applying...
Communicating Qualitative Analytical Results Following Grice's Conversational Maxims
Conducting qualitative research can be seen as a developing communication act through which researchers engage in a variety of conversations. Initially researchers question scholarly communities to learn what gaps appear to exist in the published accounts...
Comprehensive Treatment of Women with Postpartum Psychosis across Health Care Systems from Swedish Psychiatrists' Perspectives
The puerperium has been associated with an increased risk of developing psychiatric disorders with the most serious being psychosis (Brockington, 2004; Kendell, Chalmers, & Platz, 1987; Terp & Mortensen, 1998; WHO, 1992). The focus of this...
Comprehensive Treatment of Women with Postpartum Psychosis across Health Care Systems from Swedish Psychiatrists' Perspectives
Studies concerning the psychiatrist's experiences of treating women with postpartum psychosis (PPP) or how they react to these women are limited in the literature. In this study a qualitative design is used. Data collection includes semi-structured interviews...
Culture for Sale? an Exploratory Study of the Crow Fair
Approximately 2.5 million Native Americans reside in the United States. This is a marked increase from the estimated 225,000 of just over a century ago. Over half of all Native Americans live in the western portion of the United States (United States...
Embracing the Visual: Using Timelines with In-Depth Interviews on Substance Use and Treatment
In-depth interviews aim to elicit stories of experience, generating authentic accounts that are the product of the empathetic relationship that is developed between interviewee and interviewer (Silverman, 2001). This approach supports the exploration...
Face-to-Face in Writing: My First Attempt at Conducting a Text-Based Online Focus Group
Introduction I have been involved in computer-based distance education for nearly 20 years. During this time, I have seen a tremendous growth in the types of tools we use; from very rudimentary e-mail systems to current learning management systems...
Facilitating Coherence across Qualitative Research Papers
When reading, reviewing, and editing qualitative research papers, we take great care to attend to the paper's coherence (n.d.). From such a perspective we focus on the logical interconnection, consistency, or unity of the various parts of the paper...
Facilitating Coherence across Qualitative Research Papers
Bringing the various elements of qualitative research papers into coherent textual patterns presents challenges for authors and editors alike. Although individual sections such as presentation of the problem, review of the literature, methodology, results,...
Female Drug Offenders Reflect on Their Experiences with a County Drug Court Program
The social concern over the prevalence of drug use and the cost of treating drug offenders continues. According to National Institute of Justice, more than half of all the people arrested in the United States test positive for illegal drugs (NIJ, 2007)....
How I Learned to Conduct Focus Groups
When first exploring how to conduct focus groups and how they would be useful to me as a human services practitioner and researcher, it was important to understand what kind of qualitative information focus groups yield. Focus groups can be useful...
How-To Data Collection Series: The Evolution of the Focused Discussion Group: From Non-Participant to One of the Crew
A growing number of participant observers are investigators who relate to and/or have lived the phenomenon under observation. Sheba Maraim George's When Women Come First: Gender Roles in Transnational Migration (2005) is a classic example. Searching...
How-To Data Collection Series: The Evolution of the Focused Discussion Group: From Non-Participant to One of the Crew
This article is part of The Weekly Qualitative Report's occasional series on "How-To Collect Qualitative Data." The qualitative data collection method described is that of focused discussion groups (FDG's). This method involves the moderator, or scripter...
Interviewing the Investigator: Strategies for Addressing Instrumentation and Researcher Bias Concerns in Qualitative Research
Interviewing, along with field observations and document analysis, is one of the major ways qualitative researchers generate and collect data for their research studies (Gubrium & Holstein, 2003; Kvale & Brinkmann, 2008; Rubin & Rubin,...
Learning to Appraise the Quality of Qualitative Research Articles: A Contextualized Learning Object for Constructing Knowledge
Introduction and Rationale Helping beginning qualitative researchers critically appraise qualitative research articles is a common learning objective for introductory methodology courses. The learning activity allows students to become acquainted...
Mandatory Identification Bar Checks: How Bouncers Are Doing Their Job
In the United States, it is illegal to purchase alcohol if one is under the age 21. Still, issues related to the consumption of alcohol are considered by many as the most pressing problem among youth--especially on college campuses (Wechsler, Davenport,...
Qualitative Researchers in the Blogosphere: Using Blogs as Diaries and Data
The Internet has long provided qualitative researchers with a means to communicate with colleagues from around the world, a source to access information and resources, and a rich environment within which to collect data and conduct research. Even if...
Risk of Nursing Home Admittance among Working Age Residents with Mental Illness
An individual's risk of nursing home placement over his or her lifetime is considerable. Several studies have explored factors which impact this risk over the life course. Factors such as "inadequacy--in finances, health, social supports, emotional...
Teaching Qualitative Research for Human Services Students: A Three-Phase Model
In 1625, King Gustav II Adolf of Sweden ordered the royal shipyard to build four warships that would press his imperialistic ambitions forward. The most flamboyant of these vessels, the Vasa, was one of the biggest of its time with 64 cannons on its...
The Lived Experience of Late-Stage Doctoral Student Attrition in Counselor Education
Doctoral student attrition often creates negative consequences for the university and the student. Attrition results in the waste of a university's human and financial resources (Kerlin, 1995; National Research Council, 1996). Time spent on students...
The QUIPPED Project: Exploring Relevance and Rigor of Action Research Using Established Principles and Criteria
Interventions in complex, real world settings are subject to multiple economic, political, and social factors (Murray, 2002) for which it has been argued traditional experimental research designs "may not be adequate, appropriate or reasonable" (Stone,...
Utilizing Microsoft® Office to Produce and Present Recursive Frame Analysis Findings
Although researchers conducting qualitative descriptive studies, ethnographies, phenomenologies, grounded theory, and narrative inquiries commonly use computer-assisted qualitative data analysis software (CAQDAS) to manage their projects and analyses,...
Utilizing Microsoft[R] Office to Produce and Present Recursive Frame Analysis Findings
Introduction In today's qualitative research world, many investigators commonly use computer-assisted qualitative data analysis software or CAQDAS to manage a variety of tasks. Such software is often used to search, code, sort, retrieve, map, and...
Work Experiences of People with Mental Illness in Malaysia: A Preliminary Qualitative Study
Work is a major part of people's lives, as most of our prime adult years (between ages of 25-50 years) are spent in the workplace. Besides enabling one to enjoy a higher standard of living, work is also a source of social support (Ruesch, Graf, Meyer,...
YouTube as a Qualitative Research Asset: Reviewing User Generated Videos as Learning Resources
The other day Maureen Duffy, one of my co-editors with The Qualitative Report, and I were talking about incorporating video in the online qualitative research courses we were teaching. We discussed the pro's and con's of creating our own clips when...