Focus Group Methodology is an introductory text which leads readers through the entire process of designing a focus group study, from conducting interviews to analysing data and presenting the findings. It also includes discussions on cross-cultural and virtual focus group.

Liamputtong presents clear, practical advice in simple terms which will be appropriate for undergraduate and postgraduate students who are undertaking research, making this an ideal starter text for anyone new to focus group research.

Like her previous book, Researching the Vulnerable, Liamputtong's latest work pays close attention to research ethics and will also be of great interest to researchers who are working with different social groups – such as women, men, older people, children and ethnic groups – and anybody who is engaging in cross-cultural research.

Illustrated with case studies and examples throughout, this is a perfect introduction to focus group methods for students and new researchers alike.

The Use of Focus Group Methodology in the Health and Social Sciences

Chapter Objectives

In this chapter you will learn about:

  • The specific application of the skills acquired in Chapters 35
  • Focus groups as a self-contained method
  • Focus groups as a supplementary source of data and in mixed-method studies
  • Focus groups in multi-method studies
  • Focus group and needs assessment
  • Focus groups and community-based participatory research (CBPR)
  • Focus groups and the photovoice method

Focus groups can be used in multiple ways. However, there is a mistaken ...

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