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Sociology Definition of the Week: In-Depth Interview

By February 29, 2012

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In-depth interviewing is a method of qualitative research in which the researcher asks open-ended questions orally and records the respondent's answers. Interviewing is typically done face-to-face, but can also be done via telephone. In-depth interviews are different from survey interviews in that they are less structured. In contrast to survey interviews, where the questionnaires are rigidly structured, in-depth qualitative interviews are flexible and continuous. They are not locked in stone and are often not prepared in advance. Read more about in-depth interviews and the steps involved in conducting them.

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