This accessible book explores and demonstrates methodological tools used to guide qualitative relationships research, especially studies of interpersonal communication. Researching Interpersonal Relationships introduces both classic and cutting-edge methodological approaches for qualitative inquiry and analysis, including opening chapters with accessible overviews of interpretive theory and research design. Additional chapters feature a detailed overview of a specific method and analytical tool and are illustrated by original research studies from leading scholars in the field, each in a different interpersonal communication context. Post-study interviews with the researchers are also provided to allow new and experienced researchers a better understanding of how qualitative research approaches can expand and solidify understandings of personal relationships. This groundbreaking book is the first of its kind written especially for relationships researchers on qualitative research, and it makes a welcome addition to advanced undergraduate and graduate student classrooms as well as any serious qualitative relationships researcher's bookshelf.

Interviews, Emotion Coding, and a Family Communication Study

Interviews, emotion coding, and a family communication study

We begin our exploration of individual research methods with interviewing for two reasons. First, interviewing methods share a lot of commonalities with focus groups, open-ended surveys, and ethnographic/participant observation methods. They also, by nature, involve narratives and discourse analysis. So, in many ways, beginning with interviews allows insight into the other methods explored in later chapters. Second, qualitative interviews are an extremely popular method that interpersonal communication scholars have embraced for their research. As this chapter illustrates, interviews have been used to great effect in coming to understand personal relationships and the communication involved as part of them.

Interviews and the Study of Relationships

As Steiner Kvale (1996) so colorfully elaborated, an ...

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