Reflecting on asynchronous internet mediated focus groups for researching culturally sensitive issues

Noirin MacNamara, Danielle Mackle, Johanne Devlin Trew, Claire Pearson, Fiona Bloomer

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This paper, written by Noirin MacNamara and colleagues, draws on the ‘Abortion as a Workplace Issue’ study (one of the original datasets used for secondary analysis in SASS). In the paper, published in the International Journal of Social Research Methodology, MacNamara and colleagues consider the advantages and disadvantages of using internet-mediated focus groups to explore attitudes to abortion, highlighting key issues of safety, time and pace.

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