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Youth Values
(1996-1999)
InventingAdulthoods
(1999-2001)
Sample Maintenance
(2001-2002)
Youth Transitions
(2002-2006)

Emergent Focus Group & Analysis

 

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Statements

E.g. of observer note-taking

 

We undertook four emergent focus groups towards the end of the study, two in London and two in Northern Ireland, as a means of bringing together young people from different research sites. These were highly productive and valued by the young people. They were also very resource-intensive and difficult to organise. More focus groups were planned at an earlier stage of the research, but since attrition was less than originally anticipated, available resources were re-allocated to interviews.

 

The groups employed the Values continuum method used successfully in the Youth Values study. Topic areas explored in the groups focused on themes that had proved to be more difficult to explore in an interview context (for example national identity) as well as areas of common experience among the sample (for example leaving school, leaving home) and areas in which their experiences were markedly different (for example travelling, resources available to them). Sessions were taped on audio cassette and transcribed and stored as off line data.

 

 

Inventing Adulthoods

Year

1999

2000

2001

Tools

Questionnaire

Individual Interview 3

Individual Interview 4

Lifelines

NarrativeAnalysis

Case Profile Analysis

Individual Int. 2

Lifeline & Analysis

Narrative Analysis

Questionnaire

Focus G. & Analysis

NUD*IST Analysis

Memorybook Analysis

 

Memorybooks

 

Cross-Cut Analysis