“I'm really embarrassed that you’re going to read this...': Reflections on using diaries in qualitative research.

Melissa Catherine Day, J. Thatcher

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    Abstract

    This article is a critical reflection on the methodological issues encountered when using handwritten diaries as a method of data collection. It provides a reflection on a longitudinal study that used diary data from competitive trampolinists over a three-month period. This article focuses on the advantages and difficulties encountered by the researchers when using this methodology. It is also centered on the participant's experience of the research and the potential benefits that may be encountered. Issues discussed include setting the duration of the diary and maintaining the motivation of participants, the type of data collected, and the language used by participants. Also discussed is the potential for diary writing to elicit sensitive information, especially that of an otherwise undisclosed nature. Conclusions are drawn in relation to the use of diaries as a method of data collection and the potential advantages that they may offer.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)249-259
    Number of pages11
    JournalQualitative Research in Psychology
    Volume6
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009

    Keywords

    • diary
    • journal
    • longitudinal research
    • personal experiences
    • research process

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