Cross-national qualitative research into the long-term care of older people: some reflections on methodology

Chen, Henglien Lisa (2012) Cross-national qualitative research into the long-term care of older people: some reflections on methodology. European Journal of Social Work, 15 (4). pp. 449-466. ISSN 1369-1457

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Abstract

This paper aims to fill an important gap in cross-national comparison conducted by a solo-researcher through an example of a three-nation study of the long-term care of older people, in order to make transparent some of the key issues—time and space, comparability, culture and language—involved in the practical implementation of cross-national qualitative research. It is argued that cross-national comparison is very demanding in terms of language skills, cultural understanding, resources and time to provide a rigorous comparative instrument and outcome. Key approaches that address challenges for solo-researchers are: careful attention to geographical location and flexibility in timetable and programmes for gathering data; employment of multi-disciplinary knowledge to address the complexity of the research topic; application of a multi-method and multi-layer approach in data collection and analysis; recognition of the caring culture; and sensitivity of national as well as local language. In contrast to the challenges, the paper concludes with an analysis of the added value of solo-researcher activity in cross-national research.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Online First Article
Keywords: Methodology; Cross-national Comparison; Qualitative; Lone-researcher; Solo-researcher
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Social Work and Social Care
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Depositing User: Henglien Chen
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2012 11:34
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2013 12:20
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/39286
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