Communication, Ethics, Empathy, Kaufmann's Comprehensive Interview and Feminist Methodology Applied to Longitudinal Study of Migrating Couples.

Sunday, 10 July 2016
Location: Hörsaal 41 (Main Building)
Distributed Paper
Magdalena ZADKOWSKA, University of Gdansk, Poland
The longitudinal study of Par Migration Project is the task of sociological work package. The study is designed using feminist approach that let Respondents speak for themselves. According to it on one hand men and women involved in the study have total anonymity and right to leave the study in any moment they wish, on the other hand all Respondents may become involved in the project more and more each year of participation if they will. In presented paper we would like to share the process of recruitment procedure, correspondence challenges and creation of interviews calendar. Then I would like to present the approach shared by Researchers related to their training, need of empathy (Kaufmann 2010), the structure of the meeting at Respondents households, the drawing method they used and outcomes of interviews that have been done with them after each phase of the study. In the end I would like to describe the dynamics of the relation with Respondents, the task of their blogging and workshop method some of them went through. The study lasts three years. Each of 42 couples (21 in Norway and 21 in Poland) take part in 5 interviews (3 joint and 2 individual). They write 5-days blog every year. They take part in two psychological questionnaires studies. They participate in workshop for couples. They are being asked to express their needs or remarks or ideas for improvement whenever they want. Some of them will be also included as co-authors of reports and manuals. Such a complex and comprehensive study makes us believe we obtain as an accurate image of everyday-life practices and challenges Respondents deal with, as it is possible. This project is funded from Norway Grants in the Polish-Norwegian Research Programme operated by the National Centre for Research and Development.