Interviewing for Qualitative Inquiry: A Relational Approach

Author: Josselson, Ruthellen


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  • ISBN: 9781462510009
  • Author: Josselson, Ruthellen
  • Publ Date: 2013-05-10
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  • Pages: 206
  • Imprint: GUILFORD PRESS *#
  • Status: ACT
  • ID - 198946

Table of Contents :

Introduction: The Foundations of Interviewing as Qualitative Inquiry. Introduction to the Research Relationship. Planning the Interview. Beginning the Interview. The Empathic Attitude of Listening. The Research Relationship. The Good Interview. Learning from Bad and Difficult Interviews. Dos and Don'ts of Interviewing. After the Interview. Conclusion. Appendix A. Interview Aids. Appendix B. Sample Additional Questions. Appendix C. Sample Informed Consent Form.


Engagingly written, this book builds the reader's skills for conducting in-depth interviews designed to address a particular research question. With an emphasis on the dynamics of the research relationship, Ruthellen Josselson artfully demonstrates the steps of a successful interview. Each step is illustrated with excerpts from interviews on diverse topics. The book describes how to structure interviews effectively, develop questions that elicit meaningful narratives, cultivate skills for empathic listening and responding, avoid common pitfalls, and deal with problems that develop in an interview. Pedagogical features include: *Practice exercises adapted from Josselson's popular workshops. *Annotated examples of "good" and "bad" interviews. *A chapter on interviewing dos and don'ts. *Appendices with interview aids, sample follow-up questions, and a sample consent form.


"Any qualitative researcher using interviewing could benefit from this text. It is full of interesting interview examples and stories that will catch students' attention. Strengths include the emphasis on responding to research questions, examples of how to elicit details and reflection from research participants, and the attention to images and metaphors. The chapter on 'dos and don'ts' is one of my favorites." - Penny L. Burge, PhD, Virginia Tech, USA "This is a methodological bible for graduate students, undergraduates, and faculty members interested in conducting interviews, gathering life stories, and building a narrative intimacy with participants. Slender but deep, the volume offers respectful support to qualitative researchers so that we may venture into unsteady territory, muster the courage to be psychologically attentive and engaged, and not stumble. With a delicate braid of narrative theory, methodological guideposts, and a terrifically useful list of interview do's and don'ts, Josselson is an intellectually thrilling and methodologically wise escort for novice and experienced interviewers alike. You will want to read this book immediately, teach it, and then pull it out again when you are about to begin another project. It is classic Josselson-compelling, brilliant, and irresistible." - Michelle Fine, PhD, The Graduate Center, City University of New York "Josselson's book is a gold mine for those who conduct research interviews in order to understand people's experiences on their own terms. Drawing on 20 years of experience as a researcher and teacher, Josselson provides practical guidance about how to carry out interviews that balance human connection with scientific inquiry. This book should be required reading for all social scientists engaged in interview research; my students will certainly be reading it!" - Harold D. Grotevant, PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

Author Biography:

Ruthellen Josselson, PhD, is Professor of Clinical Psychology at Fielding Graduate University. She is a recipient of the American Psychological Association's Henry A. Murray Award and Theodore R. Sarbin Award, and is a cofounder of the Society for Qualitative Inquiry. In her numerous publications, she has explored the theory and practice of qualitative inquiry. Many of her books and articles are based on interviews. She has conducted workshops on interviewing skills for qualitative inquiry in the United States, France, Norway, Finland, Israel, and the United Kingdom.


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