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Qualitative Interviews

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One aspect of the research that proved to be particularly challenging was the generation of emotions for both the participant and the researcher during the qualitative interviews. One of the risks of conducting research around sensitive topics is the generation of emotions for both the participant and the researcher. As anticipated, the qualitative interviews proved to be an emotive topic for many of the participants, and a number of individuals did become distressed while reflecting on the losses they had experienced and the loneliness and isolation that ensued. Indeed, there were times, when in order to protect participants who were appeared to be particularly vulnerable, that the interview was possible less probing and more therapeutic.
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