Qualitative interviewing

Methodological challenges in Arab settings

Sana Hawamdeh, Veena Raigangar

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Abstract

Aim: To explore some of the main methodological challenges faced by interviewers in Arab settings, particularly during interviews with psychiatric nurses. Background: Interviews are a tool used commonly in qualitative research. However, the cultural norms and practices of interviewees must be considered to ensure that an appropriate interviewing style is used, a good interviewee-interviewer relationship formed and consent for participation obtained sensitively. Data sources:A study to explore the nature of psychiatric nurses' practices that used unstructured interviews. Review methods: This is a methodology paper that discusses a personal experience of addressing many challenges that are specific to qualitative interviewing in Arab settings, supported by literature on the topic. Discussion: Suggestions for improving the interview process to make it more culturally sensitive are provided and recommendations for future research are made. Conclusion: Openness, flexibility and a reflexive approach by the researcher can help manage challenges in Arab settings. Implications for research/practice: Researchers should allow themselves to understand the cultural elements of a population to adapt interviewing methods with the aim of generating high quality qualitative research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages27-31
Number of pages5
Volume21
No.3
Specialist publicationNurse researcher
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2013

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Keywords

  • Data collection
  • Interview
  • Qualitative research
  • Semi-structured

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