In the wake of COVID-19, researchers are seeking innovative data-collection methods. Computer-mediated communication platforms have played a pivotal role among these pursuits. However, conducting online interviews present challenges to both researchers and participants. Online data-collection forces researchers to give up control over the study environment due to the varying location participants partake in interviews. Consequently, researchers can no longer fully guarantee the confidentiality and privacy of the researcher-participant conversations. Participants may face difficulties if being asked to disclose private information in the presence of family members. These challenges are heightened when conducting online interviews with adolescents on sensitive topics. Thus, attention to the rigour of qualitative research is a fundamental consideration given these limitations in technical and social conventions with the use of online data-collection methods. Despite the host of challenges, online interviewing creates valuable opportunities for researchers to rise to the challenge of social distancing in their data-collection efforts.
interviewing, online, sensitive topics, young people
This project was supported by The Kule Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS) [grant number: RES0047307]
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Meherali, S. M., & Louie-Poon, S. (2021). Challenges in Conducting Online Videoconferencing Qualitative Interviews with Adolescents on Sensitive Topics. The Qualitative Report, 26(9), 2851-2856. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2021.4906