The use of focus groups may provide researchers with important insights into research questions via participant discussion and interaction. As a human services practitioner and researcher, I became interested in learning how to conduct focus groups in order to apply these steps to my research and gain valuable insights about the human experience that the focus group interaction aims to bring to light. In this review, I will highlight the steps that I took to learn to conduct focus group research and through my experience I hope that readers gain familiarity and clarity into this unique qualitative research approach.


Focus Groups, Qualitative Research, How-to-Guide.

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Dr. Maribel Del Rio-Roberts is a Program Professor of Human Services at Nova Southeastern University’s Fischler School of Education and Human Services in South Florida. She is a Licensed Florida Psychologist who specializes in clinical child psychology, pediatric psychology, infant mental health, and parent and teacher training. She is also a supervisor of psychology trainees at the Center for Assessment and Intervention (CAI). In addition, Dr. Del Rio-Roberts is a co-principal investigator on several university-based grants. She is the author of The Playful Minds Coping Skills Program: A Treatment for Pediatric Oncology Patients. She can be contacted at 1750 N.E. 167th Street, Technology Building, 4th Floor, North Miami Beach, FL 33162; Telephone: 954-262-8529; Email: mdelrio@nova.edu

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Original volume and issue number from The Qualitative Weekly, an offshoot publication of The Qualitative Report which has been folded into the primary journal: Volume 2, Issue 34


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