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states, this in turn must be balanced by participants ability
to be able to 'stay with' these difficult experiences. Because
the participants in this study had a range of affective
symptoms we believed that shorter sessions with these
patients were as likely to produce difficulties as longer
meditation sessions in recovered depressed patients.
SM, an experienced interviewer and qualitative researcher,
conducted one-to-one semi-structured interviews, with 11
out of the 13 participants at a mutual agreed location.
Some of the interviews were done face to face and others
were done by telephone. The interviews, which followed
a relaxed conversational style and covered issues indicated
in (table 3), lasted approximately 30–45 minutes. All
were recorded and transcribed verbatim. After the first few
interviews were conducted the interviewer added other
questions based on themes that had emerged from the
previous interviews. For example specific questions were asked about 'being in a group' or 'impressions of the facilitator'.
Two participants were not interviewed; one because she
had moved out of the area following a break down of her
marriage and the second participant because she could
not be contacted. All the other participants agreed to be
Type of analysis
Both quantitative and qualitative methods were used. The
Beck depression and anxiety inventories provided numerical data and the qualitative component elaborated on the
numerical relationships, helping to make sense of the
Qualitative analysis process
The interviews were transcribed verbatim and the audio
interviews checked against the transcripts to ensure accuracy. Both researches reviewed the data independently
and a set of preliminary concepts or codes was generated.
Using the qualitative software package Nvivo, the transcripts were coded using these preliminary concepts or
new concepts as they arose. The process was continuous
and iterative and...
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This note was uploaded on 03/12/2013 for the course ECON 101 taught by Professor H during the Spring '11 term at ENGECON University.
- Spring '11