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Interviewing Children and Young People for Research

Interviewing Children and Young People for Research

First Edition
  • Michelle O'Reilly - University of Leicester, UK, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, UK
  • Nisha Dogra - University of Leicester, UK, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, UK

February 2017 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This book provides a practical, pedagogical perspective on conducting qualitative interviews with children and young people.
From designing and choosing the type of interview through to planning, structuring, conducting, and analysing them this book is a complete toolkit. Drawing upon real-world examples and researchers' anecdotes, the authors combine both theoretical background and practical advice to introduce common issues and procedures and to help you undertake your own interviews in the field.

Key topics include how to:

  • Choose which interview style meets your and your participants’ needs
  • Maintain a safe and ethically sound research environment
  • Incorporate participatory methods into formal interview settings
  • Encourage participation and capture the voice of interviewees
  • Utilise digital tools, software and methods to collect and analyse data

This clear, articulate book is an essential companion for anyone interviewing children and young people.

The Importance of Interviewing Children for Research
Designing your Interview Study
Different Types of Interview
Different Ways of Conducting Interviews: Face-to-Face, Telephone and Online
Planning Your Interview: Key Decisions and Practical Issues
The Use of Participatory Methods
The Structure and Form of an Interview: Theoretical Background
Ethical Issues with Respect to Interviewing
The Interview Encounter: Child and Researcher Factors that Warrant Consideration and their Interaction
Analysing Children's Interviews
Reflecting and Attending to the Process

Interviewing children requires distinctive skills and strategies, and this book covers them all. From conceptualizing the interview’s purpose to planning and undertaking child-friendly interviews and ensuring ethical encounters, this book delivers expert theoretical and practical guidance from fieldwork to analysis.  A must have resource.

Susan Danby
School of Early Childhood, Queensland University of Technology

There are not many titles that provide such a clear and accessible step-by-step guide to everything you need to know about interviewing children. An ideal resource for novice and experienced researchers alike--strongly recommended!

Daniela Sime
School of Social Work & Social Policy, University of Strathclyde

?This book is an easily accessible and authoritative guide for academics, students, and practitioners interested in interviewing children. With a growing body of literature around including children within research processes, this book is particularly timely. Notably, O’Reilly and Dogra place children as central players in the research process and frame their discussion within the context of ‘child-centred research’. This framing sets the stage for a theoretically grounded and practically oriented discussion of the process of carrying out a research study with children and/or young people using interviews. This book is certainly one that I will recommend as a primary text to colleagues and graduate students involved in child-centred qualitative research. 

Jessica Nina Lester
Inquiry Methodology, School of Education, Indiana University

This is an important and timely book. There is – rightly – considerable interest in the health and well-being of young people, and it is critical that research incorporates the perspectives of young people. In this book the authors have provided an unprecedented comprehensive and accessible step-by-step introduction to interviewing young people that is of tremendous value to researchers and to anyone working with young people, from teachers to clinicians. What shines through in particular is the authors’ commitment to hearing and learning from the voices of young people – and the necessity of this attention is the most important message of this excellent book.

Craig Morgan
Professor of Social Epidemiology, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience, King’s College London

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