Member checking continues to be an important quality control process in qualitative research as during the course of conducting a study, participants receive the opportunity to review their statements for accuracy and, in so doing; they may acquire a therapeutic benefit. The authors of this article suggest that this benefit is similar to some of the components of group therapy, especially in normalizing the phenomenon being experienced. Even if the participants never meet, they can feel a sense of relief that their feelings are validated and that they are not alone.
Member Checking, Debriefing, Group Therapy, Therapeutic Benefits, and Qualitative Research
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Harper, M., & Cole, P. (2012). Member Checking: Can Benefits Be Gained Similar to Group Therapy?. The Qualitative Report, 17(2), 510-517. Retrieved from http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol17/iss2/1