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Trying similarity, doing difference: the role of interviewer self-disclosure in interview talk with young people

Abell, Jackie, Locke, Abigail, Condor, Susan, Gibson, Stephen and Stevenson, Clifford (2006) Trying similarity, doing difference: the role of interviewer self-disclosure in interview talk with young people. Qualitative Research, 6 (2). pp. 221-244. ISSN 1468-7941

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Abstract

Advocates of semi-structured interview techniques have often argued that rapport may be built, and power inequalities between interviewer and respondent counteracted, by strategic self-disclosure on the part of the interviewer. Strategies that use self-disclosure to construct similarity between interviewer and respondent rely on the presumption that the respondent will in fact interpret the interviewer's behaviour in this way. In this article we examine the role of interviewer self-disclosure using data drawn from three projects involving interviews with young people. We consider how an interviewer's attempts to ‘do similarity’ may be interpreted variously as displays of similarity or, ironically, as indicators of difference by the participant, and map the implications that this may have for subsequent interview dialogue. A particular object of concern relates to the ways in which self-disclosing acts may function in the negotiation of category entitlement within interview interactions

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published in Qualitative Research, Vol. 6, No. 2, 221-244 (2006) DOI: 10.1177/1468794106062711
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Psychological Research
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Health and Social Care Research
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Research in the Social Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > The Institute for Health Citizenship
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Depositing User: Briony Heyhoe
Date Deposited: 19 May 2009 11:34
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2010 11:47
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/4397

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