Researcher Interjecting in Qualitative Race Research

  • Lauren Mizock Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Boston University
  • Debra Harkins Suffolk University
  • Renee Morant Walden Family Services
Keywords: researcher race, experimenter effects, multicultural research, qualitative, interview

Abstract

In qualitative interviews, moments when the researcher departs from the research script can highlight how researcher-participant race interactions may differentially affect results. In the present study, 40 qualitative interviews between Black- and White-identified researchers and participants were analyzed to assess the influence of researcher race in deviations from the interview script. Excerpts from these mono-racial and cross-racial research dyads are presented to highlight the function and value of researcher interjecting in multicultural research. Suggestions and implications for future qualitative research on issues of race, ethnicity, and culture are delineated. URN: http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs1102134

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Author Biographies

Lauren Mizock, Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Boston University
Lauren MIZOCK received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Suffolk University. Currently, she is a research fellow at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University as well as an outpatient therapist at Arbour Counseling Services. She teaches course in undergraduate psychology at Emmanuel College in Boston, Massachusetts and is a consultant for non-profit organizations. Her areas of research and practice include racial identity, transgender issues, fat oppression, and mental illness.
Debra Harkins, Suffolk University
Debra HARKINS holds a PhD from Clark University in Psychology. She is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Suffolk University and is a licensed psychologist in Massachusetts. She is also an executive coach and consultant, specializing in leadership development for women and non-profit human service organizations. Her areas of research focus on social justice, race and ethnicity, conflict resolution, organizational psychology, and community psychology.
Renee Morant, Walden Family Services
Renee MORANT holds a M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Suffolk University. She conducts public health research at the Center for Health Justice in Los Angeles, California. She is also a social worker in the foster care system of Riverside County, California. Her areas of research and practice include race and ethnicity, divorce, public health, and HIV.
Published
2011-03-24
How to Cite
Mizock, L., Harkins, D., & Morant, R. (2011). Researcher Interjecting in Qualitative Race Research. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 12(2). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-12.2.1566
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Single Contributions