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Abstract

In an effort to encourage men with experience of being subject to the criminal justice system to contribute to focus group discussions on the sensitive topic of mental health, while also doing our utmost to protect them from discomfort or risk of exploitation, we used a novel technique involving the creation of a fictional character, supplemented by an audio-recorded vignette. We studied the role played by this technique in achieving our stated aims of “engaging without exposing.” In this article, we report on the use of this technique in three focus groups, showing how in very different ways it shaped the interaction between participants and generated crucial insights into the lives and service needs of each group. We conclude that the technique may lend itself to being used in focus groups with other marginalized or seldom-heard populations.

DOI

10.1177/1049732318785359

Publication Date

2018-11-01

Publication Title

Qualitative Health Research

Volume

28

Issue

13

First Page

2102

Last Page

2114

ISSN

1049-7323

Organisational Unit

Peninsula Medical School

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