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Keeping it in the Family: Conducting Research Interviews with your own Family Members

Seymour, Julie

Authors

Julie Seymour J.D.Seymour@hull.ac.uk



Abstract

As a family researcher I am writing about a project which came literally close to home; one that involved interviewing members of my own family.  I focus mostly on the process of interviewing them and the issues that emerged from this.  I also talk briefly about using their interviews as research data and some of the disquiets this provoked for me.  For, while I thought it was appropriate to interview my relatives and was convinced that they had something relevant to contribute to the project, I found that during the analysis phase I had a recurring reluctance to use their interview data.  These concerns centred on whether they constituted 'real' research informants.

Publication Date Sep 28, 2011
Pages 90 - 92
Book Title Researching Families and Relationships: Reflections on Process
ISBN 978-0-230-25244-8
APA6 Citation Seymour, J. (2011). Keeping it in the Family: Conducting Research Interviews with your own Family Members. Researching Families and Relationships: Reflections on Process, 90 - 92. Palgrave Macmillan