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Interviewing in Depth

Interviewing in Depth
The Interactive-Relational Approach

First Edition
  • John T. Chirban - Hellenic College and Holy Cross School of Theology; Harvard Medical School

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Counselling Skills | Interviewing

September 1996 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
In-depth interviews are used extensively across the social sciences by qualitative researchers and professionals. The traditional, empirical interview does not develop a relationship between the interviewer and interviewee and minimizes the interviewer's personal reaction to the interviewee. In many cases, this interviewing style is appropriate and sufficient for gathering data. However, what if the interviewer seeks a more profound exploration and fuller understanding of the individual being studied?

This volume presents a valuable alternative interviewing approach - the interactive-relational - that promotes a clearer, deeper portrait of the person interviewed. This technique encourages the interviewer to participate more fully in the interview, and recognizes the management of the interviewer's personal feelings while still enabling him or her to maintain a professional stance. As a result, the interviewee is allowed to reveal himself or herself more completely and confidently. The author uses transcripts and case studies from interviews he conducted with B F Skinner, Lucille Ball, Sandra Day O'Connor, amongst others, to illustrate how the interactive-relational approach differs from, and is possibly more effective than, traditional techniques.

Placing the Interactive-Relational Approach in Context
Identifying the Interactive-Relational Approach
Creating the Interactive-Relational Interview
Posturing in an Interview
Implementing the Interactive-Relational Approach
Conducting the Interactional-Relational Interview

Essential textbook for anyone who needs advice on in-depth interviewing techniques.

Ms Fiona Whelan-Ryan
Please select your department, Waterford Institute of Technology
June 17, 2014

This is a good book for extra reading. Thus, I have suggested to the librarian to purchase it.

Dr Norhayati Zakaria
Faculty of Business and Management, University of Wollongong in Dubai
December 28, 2011

Interviewing in Depth is an invaluable introduction for students and researchers who are undertaking research interviews. The book provides an overview of the principal interview methods to gain deep data from participants.

Dr David Lawlor
Child and Family, Tavistock Centre
November 29, 2011

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