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Focus groups

Callaghan, J. (2014) Focus groups. In: Teo, T. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology. New York: Springer. pp. 21-35.

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Abstract: This article has no abstract. In lieu, a short extract is presented below. Introduction A focus group is a small group based interview, in which group discussion amongst participants if focused on a particular issue or area of enquiry, guided and mediated by a group facilitator (Wilkinson, 2006). As a strategy for qualitative data collection, focus groups offer researchers a relatively ‘natural’ context for interviews (Neumann, 2006) in which participants are able to talk to each other, as well as to the interviewer. Unlike individual interviews, focus groups are designed to elicit a range of perspectives on a given topic, and are less directive in their nature, and less overtly researcher led (Hennink, 2007). Focus groups differ from individual or group interviews, in that one of the jobs of the group facilitator is to stimulate interaction between participants, so that participants discuss, debate, agree and disagree with each other, producing a lively, interactive encounter (Duggleby, 2005; Wilkinson, 2004). ...
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General) > H61.28 Focus groups
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF76.5 Psychology research
Creators: Callaghan, Jane
Editors: Teo, Thomas
Publisher: Springer
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Research Group > Social and Cultural Research in Psychology Group
University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > School of Social Sciences (to 2016)
University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Faculty of Health & Society > Psychology
Faculties > Faculty of Health & Society > Psychology
Research Centres > Centre for Psychology and Social Sciences
Date: 31 January 2014
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 21-35
Title of Book: Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology
Place of Publication: New York
Number of Pages: 2400
Language: English
ISBN: 9781461455820
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes
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