Establishing Trustworthiness in Qualitative Research in Social Work: Implications from a Study Regarding Spirituality

Cynthia Lietz, Carol L. Langer, Rich Furman

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    Abstract

    As the use of qualitative inquiry increases within the field of social work, researchers must consider the issue of establishing rigor in qualitative research. This article presents research procedures used in a study of autoethnographies that were written regarding the experience of being Jewish. In this project, the researchers utilized reflexivity, audit trail, triangulation by observer, peer debriefing, member check and prolonged engagement in order to manage the threats to trustworthiness as discussed by Padgett (1998). Implications of the project suggest that research procedures utilized by qualitative researchers to establish rigor are an important way to increase our confidence that the voice of the participants is heard, therefore fitting the mission of the social work profession.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)441-458
    Number of pages18
    JournalQualitative Social Work
    Volume5
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Dec 2006

    Keywords

    • qualitative methodology
    • rigor
    • spirituality
    • trustworthiness

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Health(social science)
    • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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