- Subject index
`This book constitutes a valuable resource for postgraduate students and researchers. Most.... of the chapters succeed in providing a clear and comprehensive introduction to the various approaches and//or methods, thus enabling the reader to make an informed decision about whether or not they wish to pursue the topic further. The book as a whole is also very well referenced and this makes it a source of essential information for students and researchers with an interest in qualitative health psychology' - Health Psychology Update This book explains the role of qualitative research within health psychology. Theories and methods from a qualitative perspective are highly varied but, in general, differ from the po
Chapter 8: Interviewing the Ill and the Healthy: Paradigm or Process?
Interviewing the Ill and the Healthy: Paradigm or Process?
Interviewing is rather like a marriage: everyone knows what it is, an awful lot of people do it, yet behind each closed front door there is a world of secrets.
Part of the allure of qualitative inquiry into health is its power to contextualize. What it means to be healthy or ill must always be interpreted against a socio-cultural background. At the same time, health and illness are intensely personal, affecting individual bodies and intimate spaces. For health psychologists who seek to study such experiences, the interview is a very powerful tool. Yet there is a world of difference between interviewing the ill and the ...