In-Depth Interviews

Author(s):

  • Gretchen R. Webber
  • Stephanie E. Byrd

Document type: Encyclopedia Entry

Appears in: Work and Family Encyclopedia

Year: 2010

Topic:

  • Technology
  • Work and Family
  • Other

Discipline:

  • Anthropology
  • Sociology

Abstract:

In-depth interviews are a common data collection method in a range of disciplines. In-depth interviewing is a qualitative research method that uses open-ended questions to uncover information on a topic of interest and allows interviewees to express opinions and ideas in their own words. Various terms are used to refer to this research method, including qualitative interviews, intensive interviews, and semistandardized or semistructured interviews. This entry focuses on in-depth interviews that take place face-to-face between an individual researcher and their interview respondent (variably referred to as an interviewee, respondent, informant, or participant). We do not address unstructured interviews, focus group, or oral history methods. Nor do we address the structured interview wherein the interviewer uses a survey form and asks the same questions of each respondent, with a limited number of response categories. Although we focus on in-depth, face-to-face interviews, many of the points raised below can apply to other types of interviews.

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