"Let's talk about sex!" On the Applicability of Telephone Interviews in Qualitative Social Research

Marlen Niederberger, Michael Ruddat


Semi-structured interviews using interview schedules are quite common today in qualitative research. They are usually done in the form of face-to-face interviews. However, for some research questions, or under specific circumstances, telephone interviews could be a viable alternative. In this  article we explore the viability  of face-to-face vs. telephone interviews vis-a-vis quantitative and qualitative research findings. The qualitative material presented in this article comes from a study of the private and professional lives of researchers in childless relationships.

URN: http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs120329


semi-structured interview; face-to-face interview; telephone interview; love; sex

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17169/fqs-13.3.1758

Copyright (c) 2012 Marlen Schulz, Michael Ruddat

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