“Qualitative methods of research include observations, interviewing and focusing on certain groups in which social experiences are able to be observed. This type of method is one that is easily documented by simply observing or having a conversation with someone rather than just reading results, numbers and charts. The goal of qualitative research is to “develop an authentic understanding of a social process or social setting” (Bachman & Schutt, 2014). In my opinion, one of the most positive things about qualitative research methods is that it gives the researcher the opportunity to really get to know the group they are studying which in turn helps them understand their findings and correlations of data better. This type of research is not one where a researcher would just send out a survey and never actually meet the people responding. It is important to gain that trust and knowledge of your focus group in order to get the best results. I also feel that one of the strengths of this type of research is the fact that there is a level of confidentiality in the research which again would lead to more trust between the focus group members and the researcher themselves. There are several ethical issues that arise with this type of research though which causes some researchers to not be so fond of it. Qualitative research includes the aspect of participant observation. This can be a limitation because it is always important to ensure that the participants are voluntarily participating in the study which would mean that everyone involved in a field observation type study would need to give consent. This can sometimes cause some difficulty. Another downfall of this type of research (which can also be a positive aspect of it) is ensuring confidentiality. Although confidentiality can be a positive thing in the sense that individuals may be more honest with the researcher, it can also be a negative aspect of this research. Most of the time, researchers use fake names for participants but if a researcher is studying a group of people from one particular neighborhood, those involved may be able to identify others in the research study based on certain identifiers listed in the research findings.
There are several questions that can be used with this type of research. One could be “What family factors/childhood traumas contribute to an individual becoming a sexual offender/predator?” Another question may be “Is there a certain type of mental health disorder or disorders that sexual offenders/predators are found to suffer from?”
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