Interviewing participants about sensitive topics requires skill and
special techniques. Certain research topics have the potential to cause
participants and researchers distress and discomfort. Identifying ways
to prevent vicarious traumatisation and researcher burnout is imperative
to the integrity of the research.
DATA SOURCES: Twenty one
Australian women took part in in-depth, tape-recorded, face-to-face,
email, internet and telephone interviews.
REVIEW METHODS: This is a methodology paper on the first author's
experience of interviewing women on potentially sensitive topics.
CONCLUSION: Some participants may find telling their stories to be
cathartic, providing them with a sense of relief. Implementing
techniques that may be helpful in initiating the interview process can