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Making Meaning in Qualitative Research With Conversational Partnerships

A Methodological Discussion

Hunter Revell, Susan M., PhD, RN

doi: 10.1097/ANS.0b013e3182901fdb
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Rubin and Rubin's responsive interviewing method is based on the conversational partnership formed between researcher and participant. This method allows the researcher to understand experiences through the participant's words and stories to create meaning. In this article, the reader is guided through a 3-part interview series with a person living with traumatic spinal cord injury. The example focuses on how interview guides were developed and tailored to the participant, and how field notations were created. Findings include the importance of establishing trust and rapport in conversational partnerships for meaning making to occur.

Rubin and Rubin's responsive interviewing method allows the researcher to understand experiences through the participant's words and stories in order to create meaning. In this article, the reader is guided through an example that focuses on how interview guides were developed and tailored to the participant, and how field notations were created. Findings include the importance of establishing trust and rapport in conversational partnerships for meaning making to occur. www.advancesinnursingscience.com

College of Nursing, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, North Dartmouth.

Correspondence: Susan M. Hunter Revell, PhD, RN, College of Nursing, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, 285 Old Westport Rd, North Dartmouth, MA 02747 (susan.hunterrevell@umassd.edu).

The author thanks Nancy Dluhy for her thoughtful review of this article.

The author declares no potential conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article. She has received no financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.

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