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The adolescent research participant: strategies for productive and ethical interviewing

Publication year
2009
Author(s)
Mack, R.; Giarelli, E.; Bernhardt, B. A.
Pages
448-57
Volume
24
Number
6

Nurse researchers who seek to study the experiences of adolescents have limited resources to assist them with the process. Although some elements of interviewing are standard practice, special approaches are needed for the adolescent participating in research. Interviews are especially challenging. The purpose of this article is to present strategies to assist researchers as they engage this cohort in research. These strategies include evaluating the adolescent’s developmental level, designing developmentally appropriate questions, and refining interviewing techniques to optimize the experience for the participants. Strategies presented are useful to clinicians who wish to establish a therapeutic rapport with young patients.

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