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Recognizing Spiritual Needs in People who are Dying$
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Rachel Stanworth

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198525110

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198525110.001.0001

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Stories in the ‘listening’: collecting data

Stories in the ‘listening’: collecting data

(p.31) Chapter 3 Stories in the ‘listening’: collecting data
Recognizing Spiritual Needs in People who are Dying

Rachel Stanworth

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the data gathering methods the author used during her research: participant observation and interviews. Participant observation entailed a systematic description of events, behaviours, and artefacts. This type of data gathering method assumes that the observed behaviour can indicate deeper values and beliefs. The chapter provides a graph of the participants of the study, and categorizes them based on gender and age. It also specifies the criteria used in choosing the participants, such as those who were aware of their diagnosis and were comfortable talking about their situation. The chapter reveals the different reasons why the participants agreed to be included in the study, the external influences, and the possibility of a gender bias (there were more females than males who participated).

Keywords:   data gathering methods, participant observation, interviews, external influences, gender bias, participants, observed behaviour, criteria

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