Being ostracized can be painful for most people, but for those who experience this persistently it can lead to severe levels of psychological distress. At present, there is a scarcity of qualitative research which focuses on this group of vulnerable individuals. This paper acts as a guide for the novice researcher who plans to research this population.


Ostracism, Social Rejection, Qualitative Research Methodology, Guidance

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Daniel Waldeck is a PhD graduate from the Department of Psychology and Counselling at the University of Chichester, UK. His research focuses on exploring the mechanisms that may help people recover, or protect themselves, from the negative effects of ostracism. Correspondence regarding this article can be addressed directly to: daniel_waldeck@live.co.uk.


I would like to thank Dr Ian Tyndall for his support and advice in preparing this manuscript.

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