Using focus groups to explore children's perceptions of smoking: reflections on practice

Porcellato, L, Dugdill, L and Springett, J 2002, 'Using focus groups to explore children's perceptions of smoking: reflections on practice' , Health Education, 102 (6) , pp. 310-320.

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This paper reflects on the appropriateness of using focus groups with young children, based on a real life study carried out in Liverpool, UK which used 12, single-sex focus groups (n=50, mean age=7) to explore children's perceptions of smoking. The technique proved both useful and appropriate for young children, although in practice the groups needed more direction by the moderator than is thought to be ideal with adults. The findings produced by the study were comparable to those attained by other research methods. There was no evidence of over conformity as a range of responses were given, and the children appeared to enjoy the exercise, which encouraged spontaneity. We conclude, with certain preconditions, that focus groups with young children are a viable method for exploring young children's perspectives but need to be small in number, homogenous and interactive, to maintain a high level of interest.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Children, focus groups, methodology, smoking
Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > HQ503 The family. Marriage. Home > HQ0767 Children. Child development
Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Health and Wellbeing
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Health Sciences > Centre for Health Sciences Research
Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Journal or Publication Title: Health Education
Publisher: Emerald
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 09654283
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2007 08:51
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2017 09:10

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