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Kerry Chamberlain & Darrin Hodgetts

In: The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Data Collection

Chapter 42: Collecting Qualitative Data with Hard-to-Reach Groups

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Collecting Qualitative Data with Hard-to-Reach Groups
Collecting Qualitative Data with Hard-to-Reach Groups
Kerry ChamberlainDarrin Hodgetts
Introduction

The key concern of this chapter is ‘hard-to-reach', what that means, and how we might generate qualitative research data working with the hard-to-reach. We first discuss what hard-to-reach might mean, and then consider pertinent issues for data collection with hard-to-reach groups – access (see Bengry, Chapter 7, this volume), gatekeeping, and sampling (see Schreier, Chapter 6, this volume), methods for qualitative research, and ethical concerns (see Mertens, Chapter 3, this volume), that can arise in working with such groups. We contend that most researchers tend to consider field research with the hard-to-reach as a difficult activity, requiring special care and attention, with strong possibilities of denied access, participant non-response, refusal, or ...

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