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Successful Focus Groups
Advancing the State of the Art


Volume: 156

© 1993 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

"Successful Focus Groups is a state-of-the-art text on focus group research methods. . . . Successful Focus Groups is a well-written document with clearly presented reasons why researchers should follow the guide lines presented. Additionally, this text is groundbreaking in its focus on topics that will advance knowledge of focus group research methods. . . . an improvement over prior treatises on focus groups. . . . Successful Focus Groups is clearly one of the most helpful treatises on focus group research. . . . this text will advance the quality of focus group research. I recommend Successful Focus Groups to anyone interested in learning about doing focus group research."

--Susan A. Stearns in Qualitative Studies in Education

"There is original material and the overall breadth and ease of presentation of the material make this the most comprehensive and readable book produced so far on the subject. . . . In many of the chapters, examples from actual studies are used to illustrate the basics or discuss particular issues involved in the approach. This grounding of the discussion is particularly appealing."

--Contemporary Sociology

"This book systematically addresses the issues, practice, wisdom, and problems in conducting focus groups. It is an integrated collection of articles representing the state of the art in focus group applications. It covers the basic principles of when and how to use focus groups, the applicability of focus group interviews to survey research and other methods, general issues in the use of focus groups, the specific problems of focus groups with different populations or settings, and an agenda for future development of the method."

--Bulletin de Methodologie Sociologique

"Anyone who is considering using focus group interviews as a tool in social science research or as a means to develop and validate another research methodology will find this text quite useful. This well-written and edited text offers practical advice, methodologic considerations, and actual examples of how to plan, conduct, and analyze focus group research. It offers a practical discussion on the uses and limitations of focus group interviews as a research tool."

--Journal of Nutrition Education

While various books introduce the basics of focus groups, Successful Focus Groups is the first volume to systematically address the issues, practice wisdom, and problems in conducting focus groups from the perspective of those who have done the most work using these methods in social science settings. The result is a well-integrated collection of articles that represents the state-of-the-art in focus group applications, written by a knowledgeable, interdisciplinary group of scholars. The chapters cover the basic principles of when and how to use focus groups, the applicability of focus group interviews to survey research and other methods, general issues in the use of focus groups, the specific problems of focus groups with different populations or settings, and an agenda for future development of the method. Authoritative and readable, this volume is essential reading for social scientists now using, or contemplating, focus groups in their research, and a useful, practical text for students of research methods.

 
Introduction
 
PART ONE: BASIC PRINCIPLES
David L Morgan and Richard A Krueger
When to Use Focus Groups and Why
James H Frey and Andrea Fontana
The Group Interview in Social Research
John Knodel
The Design and Analysis of Focus Group Studies
A Practical Approach  
Terrance L Albrecht, Gerianne M Johnson and Joseph B Walther
Understanding Communication Processes in Focus Groups
Richard A Krueger
Quality Control in Focus Group Research
 
PART TWO: COMBINING WITH OTHER METHODS
Theodore D Fuller et al
Using Focus Groups to Adapt Survey Instruments to New Populations
Experience From a Developing Country  
Kerth O'Brien
Improving Survey Questionnaires Through Focus Groups
Brent Wolff, John Knodel and Werasit Sittitrai
Focus Groups and Surveys as Complementary Research Methods
A Case Example  
Benjamin F Crabtree et al
Selecting Individual or Group Interviews
 
PART THREE: CONDUCTING SELF-CONTAINED RESEARCH
Raymond V Padilla
Using Dialogical Methods in Group Interviews
Richard A Zeller
Focus Group Research on Sensitive Topics
Setting the Agenda Without Setting the Agenda  
Robin L Jarrett
Focus Group Interviewing With Low-Income, Minority Populations
A Research Experience  
Thomas Plaut, Suzanne Landis, and June Trevor
Focus Groups and Community Mobilization
A Case Study From Rural North Carolina  
 
PART FOUR: CONCLUSIONS
David L Morgan
Future Directions for Focus Groups

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