Clarifying researchers’ subjectivity in qualitative addiction research

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Egerer , M & Hellman , M 2020 , ' Clarifying researchers’ subjectivity in qualitative addiction research ' , International Journal on Alcohol and Drug Research , vol. 8 , no. 2 , pp. 81-87 . https://doi.org/10.7895/ijadr.261

Title: Clarifying researchers’ subjectivity in qualitative addiction research
Author: Egerer, Michael; Hellman, Matilda
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Centre for Research on Addiction, Control and Governance
University of Helsinki, Centre for Research on Addiction, Control and Governance
Date: 2020
Language: eng
Number of pages: 7
Belongs to series: International Journal on Alcohol and Drug Research
ISSN: 1925-7066
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/326989
Abstract: Aim: In addiction research, non-constructionist traditions often question the validity and reliability of qualitative efforts. This study presents techniques that are helpful for qualitative researchers in dissecting and clarifying their subjective interpretations. Methods: We discuss three courses of action for inspecting researchers’ interpretations when analysing focus-group interviews: (i) adapted summative content analysis, (ii) quantification of researchers’ expectations; and, (iii) speaker positions. While well-known methodological techniques in their own rights, we demonstrate how they can be used to complement one another. Results: Quantifications are easy and expeditious verification techniques, but they demand additional investigation of speaker positions. A combination of these techniques can strengthen validity and reliability without compromising the nature of constructionist and inductive enquiries. Conclusions: The three techniques offer valuable support for the communication of qualitative work in addiction research. It allows researchers to assess and understand their own initial impressions during data collection and raw analysis. In addition, they also serve in making researchers’ subjectivity more transparent. All of this, without abandoning subjectivity, but rather making sense of it.
Subject: 5141 Sociology
5142 Social policy
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