Summarizing Knowledge about Ethical Challenges in Conducting Joint Interviews with Close Relatives

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Background and purpose
Interviewing interrelated persons simultaneously might pose different ethical considerations than single interviews due to informants’ relationship. Studies indicate that conflict torn relationships are the strongest predictor for a negative health status which obligates the researcher not to jeopardize it doing joint interviews. Ethical considerations conducting joint interviews remain largely undescribed in the literature. Our purpose was to illuminate the literature regarding specific ethical challenges conducting joint interviews with interrelated people in order to avoid doing harm to them individually and to the relationship between them.
A literature review inspired by the method of integrative review was performed. We searched Pub Med, Cinahl, Philosophers Index and Academic Premier Search between 1980 -2014. The SPIDER search tool was applied. Data corpus was analyzed using thematic analysis with an inductive approach.
In total 17 articles were located. Findings were divided into two main themes: Ethical challenges in conducting joint interviews and Ethical challenges when planning and reporting from joint interviews.
Conclusions and implications
Joint interviewing poses some specific ethical challenges although similarities to other qualitative research methods exist. The main difference occurs on behalf of the relationship. The potential creation of conflicts between participants should be given much consideration because of the possible negative impact it has on interviewees’ ongoing health status. This obligates the researcher to balance delicately between the needs of the interviewees, before, under and after the joint interview.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date17. Jun 2016
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 17. Jun 2016
EventNordic Conference in Nursing Research: Methods and Networks for the future - Sverig, Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 15. Jun 201617. Jun 2016
Conference number: 5th


ConferenceNordic Conference in Nursing Research



  • Family
  • joint interview
  • Ethics, Research

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Voltelen, B., Konradsen, H., & Østergaard , B. (2016). Summarizing Knowledge about Ethical Challenges in Conducting Joint Interviews with Close Relatives. Abstract from Nordic Conference in Nursing Research, Stockholm, Sweden.