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By this time, the research team was highly
aware of the study's status as a qualitative longitudinal (QL) study
and some members had been involved in developing debate and initiatives
relating to QL research and methods in the UK and internationally
[International Journal of Social Research Methods – Special issue on
Longitudinal Qualitative Methods 6 (3); Feasibility
Study for a Possible Qualitative Longitudinal Study.
This engagement and learning coincided
with team agreement to resist the temptation to continue collecting
data whilst a veritable data ‘mountain’ had yet to be fully analysed.
With this in mind, we drew on Saldana’s [Saldana, J. (2003) Longitudinal
Qualitative Research: Analyzing change through time, Walnut
Creek, Lanham, New York, Oxford: AltaMira Press] suggestions for
conducting a final interview (whilst acknowledging that further data
may be collected at some point in the future). We reviewed each
interviewee's case profile with a view to checking the 'reality' of the
key themes we had identified for each young person's narrative over
time; and identifying the missing links or 'holes' in their story that
needed to be followed up in the 'final' interview (N=64).