a thoughtful reflection on researching our friends as research participants
This week’s guest blog post on interviewing friends was co-authored by Jennifer Tesler, Sarah Stice, Jennifer Johnston, and Areeb Gul, who are graduate students at the University of Georgia.
When it comes to qualitative interviewing, there has always been a focus on the relationship between the interviewer and the interviewee in terms of how to build rapport and get the best stories and data out of your participants. But what are the ethics when you as a researcher already know your participants, either as a family member, a friend, a colleague, or just an acquaintance? Many researchers use network sampling in order to gather participants for their study, so our team began with the research question, What are the ethics of interviewing people you know?
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