Research behind a webcam: an exploration of virtual interviewing with children and young people.

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Bichard, E., McKeever, S., Wray, J. and Bench, S. (2022). Research behind a webcam: an exploration of virtual interviewing with children and young people. Nurse Researcher. 30 (4), pp. 39-46. https://doi.org/10.7748/nr.2022.e1857
AuthorsBichard, E., McKeever, S., Wray, J. and Bench, S.
Abstract

Background
Societal use of digital technology rapidly increased during the global Coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. Face-to-face services converted to online provision, where possible. This affected many clinical academics undertaking research projects.
Aim
This paper explores conducting online research interviews with children and young people about sensitive topics.
Discussion
Digital inclusion, ethical issues surrounding safety, support and consent are considered, along with choice of data collection tools. A discussion on physical proximity in qualitative interviews with this population, and its role in data quality, is presented. Benefits in the context of researcher personal experience are also investigated. Disadvantages of online interviews are acknowledged and ways to mitigate these discussed.
Conclusion
Many researchers had to adapt data collection methods during the pandemic. Our experiences of conducting virtual interviews during this time are discussed. Advantages for researcher include cost-effectiveness, time efficiency and greater geographical reach of participants. However, children and young people’s perspectives are unknown. Specific ethical issues using this method with children and young people
need careful consideration
Implications for practice
More research is required on undertaking virtual interviews from the perspectives of children and young people as participants. Acquisition of virtual consent and assent
should be investigated to standardised good research practices.

Year2022
JournalNurse Researcher
Journal citation30 (4), pp. 39-46
PublisherRCN Publishing
ISSN2047-8992
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.7748/nr.2022.e1857
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Print07 Dec 2022
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Accepted31 Aug 2022
Deposited31 Oct 2022
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