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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