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SAN JOSÉ STATE UNIVERSITY College of Social Work S. W. 242 Spring 2008 Edward Cohen Notes from Review of Assignment #1: Qualitative Interview Guide 1. Take an adequate amount of time for qualitative interviews—30 minutes is typically not enough. At least one hour, preferably longer depending on the population 2. Make questions less personalized when possible, at least early in the interview. For example, instead of “How did you cope with being sexually abused?” consider “How do you think people generally cope with having been sexually abused?” Avoid the using questions beginning with “ Why did you….?” Instead, consider alternatives like “Tell me what you were thinking when…” or “What do you think most people would do in this situation?” 3. Hypotheses and statements about correlation are not typically used in qualitative introduction and method sections. But they can and should be used for Mixed Methods
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