Conducting go-along interviews to understand context and promote health

Carolyn M. Garcia, Marla E. Eisenberg, Ellen A. Frerich, Kate E. Lechner, Katherine Lust

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Abstract

Go-along interviewing is an innovative approach to obtaining contextualized perspectives by conducting mobile interviews in which the participant acts as a navigational guide of the real or virtual space within which he or she lives. In this study, we used go-along interviews to obtain college students' contextualized perceptions of sexual health resources. Seventy-eight undergraduate students showed and described the resources on and near five campuses in a Midwestern state. In this article, we focus on the methodology of go-along interviews. The go-along, a relatively new methodology in health research, is a format in which participants take an active role in shaping the interview, and it facilitates identification of resources that might be overlooked using traditional interview formats. The go-along methodology is promising for researchers wanting to ground health-promotion efforts in the context of environmental or community-based strengths and needs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1395-1403
Number of pages9
JournalQualitative Health Research
Volume22
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2012

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Keywords

  • data collection and management
  • health behavior
  • health information seeking
  • interviews
  • sexuality / sexual health
  • visual methods
  • young adults

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Conducting go-along interviews to understand context and promote health. / Garcia, Carolyn M.; Eisenberg, Marla E.; Frerich, Ellen A.; Lechner, Kate E.; Lust, Katherine.

In: Qualitative Health Research, Vol. 22, No. 10, 01.10.2012, p. 1395-1403.

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Garcia, Carolyn M. ; Eisenberg, Marla E. ; Frerich, Ellen A. ; Lechner, Kate E. ; Lust, Katherine. / Conducting go-along interviews to understand context and promote health. In: Qualitative Health Research. 2012 ; Vol. 22, No. 10. pp. 1395-1403.
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