Qualitative research with Children and Adolescents: Collaborative Course Notes

Gemma Schino (First author), Rosanne Spruijt (First author)

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In childhood studies, the importance of including the perspectives of children and young people from a first-hand approach has been raised. Qualitative methods are suitable for doing so. However, usually most frequently used qualitative methods, such as interviews or focus groups, are not suitable for younger children, due to their developing verbal resources.
Introducing methodological innovations, like non-verbal methods and relational analysis, among others, could help researchers include their views and access their meanings. In this course, we will discuss the main issues in qualitative research, with special consideration of the ones that could help incorporate children's perspectives. This course will be based on discussion, triggered by the reading of texts, the research experience of the professor (mainly with children and adolescents undergoing psychotherapy due to sexual abuse experiences), and the participants’ PhD projects.
Translated title of the contributionKwalitatief onderzoek met kinderen en adolescenten: Gezamenlijke cursusaantekeningen
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • qualitative research
  • children
  • youth
  • methodology
  • adolescents


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