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A reflection on the challenges in interviewing Arab participants

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Background: Cultural beliefs and ways of thinking need to be considered when interviewing Arab participants with chronic diseases. Aim: To provide insights into the challenges of interviewing Arab participants. Discussion: This paper taps into the first author's experiences of interviewing ten Arab participants with type 2 diabetes and coexisting depression. Issues relating to gatekeeping, gender, participants' privacy and superstitious thinking need to be taken into consideration, particularly when discussing sensitive topics that may challenge social norms. These issues can influence the building of rapport, which may affect the depth of information collected. Conclusion: This paper offers insight and recommendations for other researchers conducting qualitative research with Arab participants.

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • Al-Amer, R. M., Ramjan, L., Glew, P., Darwish, T. T., Randall, S., & Salamonson, Y. (2018). A reflection on the challenges in interviewing Arab participants. Nurse Researcher, 26(1). doi:10.7748/nr.2018.e1559

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85050610607

Volume


  • 26

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


Abstract


  • Background: Cultural beliefs and ways of thinking need to be considered when interviewing Arab participants with chronic diseases. Aim: To provide insights into the challenges of interviewing Arab participants. Discussion: This paper taps into the first author's experiences of interviewing ten Arab participants with type 2 diabetes and coexisting depression. Issues relating to gatekeeping, gender, participants' privacy and superstitious thinking need to be taken into consideration, particularly when discussing sensitive topics that may challenge social norms. These issues can influence the building of rapport, which may affect the depth of information collected. Conclusion: This paper offers insight and recommendations for other researchers conducting qualitative research with Arab participants.

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • Al-Amer, R. M., Ramjan, L., Glew, P., Darwish, T. T., Randall, S., & Salamonson, Y. (2018). A reflection on the challenges in interviewing Arab participants. Nurse Researcher, 26(1). doi:10.7748/nr.2018.e1559

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85050610607

Volume


  • 26

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication