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The interview topic guide was designed to
meet objectives that included: generating data relevant to our research
questions; facilitating comparison between interviews; catching up on
the period between interviews; recognising the nature of the
relationship between the researcher and the interviewee; and enabling
comparability between our study and a parallel study undertaken by our Finnish collaborators: Tracing
Transitions. (See for example: Gordon, T., Holland, J., Lahelma, E. and
Thomson, R.(2005) Imagining Gendered Adulthood: Anxiety,
ambivalence, avoidance and anticipation. European Journal of
Women's Studies, 12 (1): 83-103. Lahelma, E. and Gordon, T.
(2003) Home as a physical, social and mental space: Young
people's reflections on leaving home, Journal of Youth
Studies, 6 (4): 277-390).
Interviews (N=121) took on average 1 1/2
hours and were recorded on audio cassette tapes. Issues of consent,
confidentiality and anonymity were reconfirmed at the start and end of
the interview. Data included the audio tapes and transcriptions of
interviews, together with researchers' field notes.