Focus Group Discussions
author Monique M. Hennink
Reviews and Awards
"This is a unique book in a series that focuses on social research. It contains much useful information about conducting research using focus groups." --Michalene A. King, PhD, RN, CNE, Doody's Health Sciences Book Review
"For anyone interested in a serious discussion of the many facets of the qualitative report, an excellent resource is Focus Group Discussions by Monique Hennink (2014, Oxford University Press as part of their Understanding Qualitative Research series edited by Patricia Leavy). Although the book is centered on the focus group method, the chapters devoted to reporting offer relevant and useful guidance regardless of the qualitative approachEL. Importantly, Hennink discusses the crucial role of context in the reporting of both methods and results. In line with the qualitative research mantra "context is everything," Hennink encourages the researcher to report contextual details that potentially influenced the method(s) chosen and the research findings, thereby adding a depth of meaning by which users of the research are able to fully understand all aspects of the study.
There are many ways the qualitative researcher can discuss context. Context can be discussed with respect to: circumstances that impacted the choice of research method, participants (their sociocultural background), the research environment(s), and the researcher (i.e., reflexivity). Although the level of reporting advocated by Hennink is at the academic level, there are important lessons here for all qualitative researchers. Qualitative reporting requires a thorough and thoughtful process, one that communicates the richness of the qualitative approach and ultimately maximizes the Usefulness of the outcomes." --Research Design Review