The Qualitative Interview in Psychology and the Study of Social Change

Sexual identity development, minority stress, and health in the Generations Study
October 2019

Interviewing is considered a key form of qualitative inquiry in psychology that yields rich data on lived experience and meaning-making of life events. This paper presents a methodological approach used in the Generations Study to answer questions surrounding the lived experience of sexual minority individuals in the context of rapid social change. It appeared in Qualitative Psychology in October 2019.

  • David M. Frost
    Associate Professor, University College London
  • Phillip L. Hammack
    Professor, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Bianca D.M. Wilson
    Senior Scholar of Public Policy, Former
  • Stephen T. Russell
    Professor, University of Texas, Austin
  • Marguerita Lightfoot
    Professor, University of California, San Francisco
  • Ilan H. Meyer
    Distinguished Senior Scholar of Public Policy
There is a need for greater specificity of protocols and practices in qualitative psychology to ensure integrity and fidelity in the data collection process.
This method investigated generational similarities and differences in
the experience of minority stress in tandem with identity development.
This approach achieved an understanding of sexual identity and minority stress at the intersection of multiple social identities and oppressions.

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The Qualitative Interview in Psychology and the Study of Social Change