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.

Open-Ended Surveys, Taxonomic Coding, and a Friendship Study

Open-ended surveys, taxonomic coding, and a friendship study

A Need for Survey Research

Many qualitative researchers find that they crave structure in their research, especially those at the realist end of the qualitative continuum. Although many variations of surveys exist, here we dive into a particularly structured version of surveys that retains the open nature of qualitative data while guiding participants in a certain (but not entirely predetermined) direction. Paired with an analytical tool that also leans toward the realist end of the continuum (as we do here with taxonomic coding), surveys can offer a structured view of a social topic. This chapter, in comparison to the two that came before it, may feel a bit more certain. For ...

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