Hard to Reach Populations: Development of a philosophical methodological triangulation strategy examining the lived experience of women in prostitution in Belfast, Northern Ireland

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/308432
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Hard to Reach Populations: Development of a philosophical methodological triangulation strategy examining the lived experience of women in prostitution in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Author(s):
Hunter, Pauline
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Non-member
Author Details:
Pauline Hunter, PhD, MEd, BSc (Hons), pauline.hunter@csuci.edu
Abstract:

Session presented on: Monday, November 18, 2013

This study explores the methodological difficulties encountered in working with hidden and hard to reach populations. Due to limited literature available on prostitution in Northern Ireland and the sensitive taboo nature of the topic, the research was emergent in nature and examined the development of a challenging methodological triangulation strategy with a multi-method approach to measure the risk behaviors, health care needs and lived experience of being a woman in street prostitution in Belfast, Northern Ireland.   

Design:  An exploratory study design was initially conducted to discover and describe what was going on in the prostitute's natural environment. Snowball sampling was selected in this case to enlarge this specific target group, as it was a useful technique for increasing the sample size. 

Methods:  An interpretive ethnographic approach with a mixed-method approach was utilised using prolonged observation and informal conversations over a one-year period in the natural settings of street-based prostitution in Belfast.  This was further developed by the introduction of methodological triangulation  and a hermeneutic phenomenological approach drawing on the work of Gadamer (1975) to help provide further structure and guidance with the data analysis.  As a result of this analysis questionnaires were devised and introduced to validate the findings.   

Findings/conclusion:  The findings that emerged from the triangulation of data is a pattern of convergence, as all three different sources collected through different methods confirm an overall interpretation of five themes: (i) Childhood incidents; (ii) violence; (iii) Health issues; (iv) High risk behavior and; (v) Self Identity. The picture that emerged from the lived experience of these women was an horrific lifetime continuum of physical, psychological and sexual abuses resulting in low self-esteem and chronic ill health. A risk versus survival’ model emerged from the findings that should heightened public awareness to the women's’ horrific lifestyles, risk behaviors, health and social care needs.

Keywords:
Hermeneutic Phenomenology; Prostitution; TYPE NEW KEYWORD HERE
Repository Posting Date:
19-Dec-2013
Date of Publication:
19-Dec-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
42nd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Description:
42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriott

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dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleHard to Reach Populations: Development of a philosophical methodological triangulation strategy examining the lived experience of women in prostitution in Belfast, Northern Irelanden_GB
dc.contributor.authorHunter, Paulineen_GB
dc.contributor.departmentNon-memberen_GB
dc.author.detailsPauline Hunter, PhD, MEd, BSc (Hons), pauline.hunter@csuci.eduen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/308432-
dc.description.abstract<p>Session presented on: Monday, November 18, 2013</p>This study explores the methodological difficulties encountered in working with hidden and hard to reach populations. Due to limited literature available on prostitution in Northern Ireland and the sensitive taboo nature of the topic, the research was emergent in nature and examined the development of a challenging methodological triangulation strategy with a multi-method approach to measure the risk behaviors, health care needs and lived experience of being a woman in street prostitution in Belfast, Northern Ireland.    <p class="FreeFormA">Design:  An exploratory study design was initially conducted to discover and describe what was going on in the prostitute's natural environment. Snowball sampling was selected in this case to enlarge this specific target group, as it was a useful technique for increasing the sample size.  <p class="FreeFormA">Methods:  An interpretive ethnographic approach with a mixed-method approach was utilised using prolonged observation and informal conversations over a one-year period in the natural settings of street-based prostitution in Belfast.  This was further developed by the introduction of methodological triangulation  and a hermeneutic phenomenological approach drawing on the work of Gadamer (1975) to help provide further structure and guidance with the data analysis.  As a result of this analysis questionnaires were devised and introduced to validate the findings.    <p class="FreeFormA">Findings/conclusion:  The findings that emerged from the triangulation of data is a pattern of convergence, as all three different sources collected through different methods confirm an overall interpretation of five themes: (i) Childhood incidents; (ii) violence; (iii) Health issues; (iv) High risk behavior and; (v) Self Identity. The picture that emerged from the lived experience of these women was an horrific lifetime continuum of physical, psychological and sexual abuses resulting in low self-esteem and chronic ill health. A risk versus survival’ model emerged from the findings that should heightened public awareness to the women's’ horrific lifestyles, risk behaviors, health and social care needs.en_GB
dc.subjectHermeneutic Phenomenologyen_GB
dc.subjectProstitutionen_GB
dc.subjectTYPE NEW KEYWORD HEREen_GB
dc.date.available2013-12-19T17:31:15Z-
dc.date.issued2013-12-19-
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-19T17:31:15Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name42nd Biennial Conventionen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationIndianapolis, Indiana, USAen_GB
dc.description42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriotten_GB
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