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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/158441
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Focus Group Methodology and Adolescents
Abstract:
Focus Group Methodology and Adolescents
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2004
Author:Pehler, Shelley-Rae, MSN, RN
Contact Address:CON, 28299 104th Avenue, Donahue, IA, 52746, USA
Co-Authors:Janet K. Williams, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor; Debra L. Schutte, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor; Meghan L. McGonigal-Kenney, BSN, RN; Diane Rehak, BSN, RN; Lori Jarmon, MA; Toni Tripp-Reimer, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor & Associate Dean for Research; Jane Paulse
Focus group methods are used to explore perceptions of health problems and strategies for developing interventions. This method has proven to be effective in obtaining information about groups of people where little information is known, where the group is marginalized or in examining sensitive issues. Prior studies have used focus group methodology with adolescents to identify adolescent perceptions of their own health risks or medical problems. Despite descriptions of prior use of focus groups with adolescents, little information is available to clarify methodological issues for researchers who want to use focus group methods with adolescents. Focus group methodology was chosen for data collection in the project, Family Health After Predictive Huntington Disease (HD) Testing. The purpose of this study is to identify health concerns and care needs of family members of persons with a positive DNA test in the gene for HD or symptoms of HD. Six adolescents between the ages of 14-18 participated in two focus groups, one in a small city in the Midwest, and the other in a large metropolitan city in the Northwest. Adolescents were invited to participate in focus groups to discuss their personal concerns and needs when there is a family member known to have the gene mutation for HD. Several methodological challenges of conducting focus groups with adolescents were encountered. These include assuring that the adolescent understands what will happen in a focus group, assuring that the parent, as well as the adolescent participates in the informed consent procedure, promoting the participation of adolescents across the age range, and guiding the focus group when the adolescents move from discussing questions to information exchange and psychosocial support. Strategies to overcome these challenges will be suggested.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleFocus Group Methodology and Adolescentsen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/158441-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Focus Group Methodology and Adolescents</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2004</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Pehler, Shelley-Rae, MSN, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">CON, 28299 104th Avenue, Donahue, IA, 52746, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Janet K. Williams, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor; Debra L. Schutte, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor; Meghan L. McGonigal-Kenney, BSN, RN; Diane Rehak, BSN, RN; Lori Jarmon, MA; Toni Tripp-Reimer, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor &amp; Associate Dean for Research; Jane Paulse</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Focus group methods are used to explore perceptions of health problems and strategies for developing interventions. This method has proven to be effective in obtaining information about groups of people where little information is known, where the group is marginalized or in examining sensitive issues. Prior studies have used focus group methodology with adolescents to identify adolescent perceptions of their own health risks or medical problems. Despite descriptions of prior use of focus groups with adolescents, little information is available to clarify methodological issues for researchers who want to use focus group methods with adolescents. Focus group methodology was chosen for data collection in the project, Family Health After Predictive Huntington Disease (HD) Testing. The purpose of this study is to identify health concerns and care needs of family members of persons with a positive DNA test in the gene for HD or symptoms of HD. Six adolescents between the ages of 14-18 participated in two focus groups, one in a small city in the Midwest, and the other in a large metropolitan city in the Northwest. Adolescents were invited to participate in focus groups to discuss their personal concerns and needs when there is a family member known to have the gene mutation for HD. Several methodological challenges of conducting focus groups with adolescents were encountered. These include assuring that the adolescent understands what will happen in a focus group, assuring that the parent, as well as the adolescent participates in the informed consent procedure, promoting the participation of adolescents across the age range, and guiding the focus group when the adolescents move from discussing questions to information exchange and psychosocial support. Strategies to overcome these challenges will be suggested.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T21:03:24Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T21:03:24Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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