Title

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

Publication Date

12-1-2006

Document Type

Article

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.

Publication Title

Qualitative Social Work

Volume

5

Issue

4

First Page

441

Last Page

458

DOI

10.1177/1473325006070288

Version

pre-print, post-print

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