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This entry describes the use of focus groups as a way in which to conduct research with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals. This entry begins with a brief overview of the different types of research methodology that have been used when investigating the lives and experiences of LGBTQ people. This includes a general discussion on the use of quantitative and qualitative research methodology with this population; however, the primary focus is on the importance of focus group research with LGBTQ individuals.

Research Methodology With LGBTQ Individuals

Research that has specifically focused on LGBTQ people remains somewhat limited. Early research primarily focused on researching the “phenomenon” of sexual orientation. Initial research on sexual orientation was conducted in the late 1940s and early 1950s by ...

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