Using the Lifegrid in Qualitative Interviews With Parents and Substance Abusing Adolescents

  • Candice Groenewald Human Sciences Research Council
  • Arvin Bhana University of KwaZulu-Natal
Keywords: retrospective study, qualitative, lifegrid, adolescents, substance abuse


This article describes the usability of a retrospective data collection tool called the lifegrid (LG) in exploring adolescent substance abuse from the perspective of mothers and their substance abusing adolescent. We found the LG approach useful in building researcher-participant rapport, enhancing participants' depth and range of recall, and cross-referencing and comparing of events between participant accounts. These advantages are discussed in detail in this article, while we also unpack some of the challenges we faced in using the LG approach in our qualitative study.



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Author Biographies

Candice Groenewald, Human Sciences Research Council

Candice GROENEWALD is a researcher and doctoral candidate at the Human and Social Development unit of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) of South Africa.

Arvin Bhana, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Arvin Bhana is an independent researcher and honorary associate professor of psychology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

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