Go-along interviewing with LGBTQ youth in Canada and the United States

Carolyn M. Porta, Heather L. Corliss, Jennifer M. Wolowic, Abigail Z. Johnson, Katie Fritz Fogel, Amy L. Gower, Elizabeth M. Saewyc, Marla E. Eisenberg

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Abstract

Go-along interviews, which are interviews conducted while being in and moving within participant selected spaces, were conducted with 66 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer adolescents (14–19 years old) in their self-identified communities to explore perceived community attributes, including safe spaces, resources, and supports; this article highlights methodological lessons learned. Successful recruitment in 2 countries and varied community settings required partnership with local lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer supporting agencies, including school-based gay–straight alliances. Youth chose to walk, use public transportation, and drive to community locations, identifying numerous formal and informal resources in their communities. Participant reflections highlighted that go-along interviews can be conducted in safe ways that encourage lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth to express themselves about communities in which they live, study, work, play, and relax.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of LGBT Youth
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2 2017

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© 2017 Taylor & Francis.

Keywords

  • Qualitative methods
  • adolescence
  • research design and statistics

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