Individual Depth Interviews
Conducting an individual interview with children can be harder than it looks. The interviewer must establish trust, overcome power inequities, and provide ways for the child to communicate freely and fully. Ideally, an interviewer will use child-appropriate vocabulary, in a child-friendly setting, and engage the child with activities that suit the child’s style of communication. Nineteen guidelines, some taken from Herbert Ginsberg’s Entering the Child’s Mind, are offered such as “Start and end with an easy task” and “Vary the tasks over the course of time.” Playful approaches for obtaining information, in a manner that will allow for child-involved exchange, are shared. Examples illustrate potential challenges (such as resistance or misunderstanding) as well as positive outcomes (mutual subjective involvement through intersubjectivity).
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