Qualitative research interviewing: reflections on power, silence and assumptions.

RCN Publishing Ltd.
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Journal Article
Nurse researcher, 2020, 28, (4), pp. 31-35
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Novice researchers can face many challenges throughout their journey as researchers in training, particularly when interviewing for qualitative research.


To present an authentic account of the challenges a novice researcher faced when collecting data using narrative interviews.


The researcher reconsidered how previous interviews had involved power relations and the urge to seek a 'correct' answer from participants. The article explores what are considered 'data', as well as the use of laughter and silence to re-establish power dynamics.


Reflection, feedback from supervisors and peers, and ongoing research experience can help novice researchers understand the strengths and weaknesses of their previous interviews.

Implications for practice

Novice researchers may find this article useful when planning for challenges they may encounter when undertaking qualitative research.
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