Dyadic Interviewing

Traditionally, qualitative interviews have involved a single participant in 1-to-1 interviews or several participants in a focus group. As a result, an interesting gap in size range emerges. Dyadic interviews fill that gap. Dyads can be with strangers or two people who have a pre-existing relationship and share an interest in a particular topic. In dyadic interviews, each participant helps the other person to express incomplete thoughts:

  • Participants supplement each other by adding details, remind each other of omitted detail, and so on.
  • Participants ask questions to make sure that points get clarified.
  • Participants push beyond vague or conventional statements.
  • Participants create more complex accounts by providing alternative versions.

Drs. Morgan and Maietta will help you leverage these advantages in your own work. They will provide comparisons to individual interviews and focus groups and cover the following topics as they apply to dyadic interviews:

  • Ethical issues
  • Interaction as the foundation for successful dyadic interviews
  • Decision-making strategies for pair composition
  • Writing questions for dyadic interview guides
  • Moderating dyadic interviews
  • Analyzing dyadic interviews

Course content is derived from David Morgan’s Essentials of Dyadic Interviewing (2016, Routledge.)