Qualitative Sociology

, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp 54–57 | Cite as

Statistically nonrepresentative stratified sampling: A sampling technique for qualitative studies

  • Jan E. Trost
Research Note


When doing quantitative studies, we usually need a statistically representative sample. The same is often not the case with qualitative studies where we need a sample with variations along the independent variables. The technique described here is simple to use and guarantees variations. A statistically representative sample, on the other hand, if small, often gives few variations. Thus, one could say that the technique presented is a kind of statistically nonrepresentative stratified sampling useful in qualitative studies.


Social Psychology Representative Sample Qualitative Study Quantitative Study Social Issue 
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© Human Sciences Press 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan E. Trost
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  1. 1.The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and ReproductionIndiana UniversityBloomington

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