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Chapter 2 Qualitative Methodological Approach

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This chapter discusses the methods used to collect and analyze data for the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) 064 Study. Four study sites (the Bronx, NY; Washington, D.C.; Raleigh/Durham, NC; and Atlanta/Decatur, GA) conducted semi-structured interviews (SSIs) and focus groups (FGs) between June 2009 and August 2010 designed to explore social, structural, and contextual factors related to HIV risk among participants. We conducted 120 SSIs (30 per site) and 32 FGs (6–12 per site). SSI participants were selected using sequential sampling and quota sampling was used to identify FG participants. All transcripts were structurally coded, a method that identified text associated with each question in the SSI/FG guide. A random sample of transcripts (36 [30 %] of SSIs, 16 [51 %] of FGs) was selected for advanced systematic coding and analysis. Saturation (i.e., no new codes emerged) was achieved once 90 % of the sample was coded. Twenty percent of the transcripts were double-coded and intercoder reliability (ICR) was assessed throughout coding. The final ICR was a combined average Kappa score of 0.92. Data were analyzed using NVivo (QSR International Zty Ltd. Version 9.0).

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Haley, D.F. et al. (2017). Chapter 2 Qualitative Methodological Approach. In: O'Leary, A., Frew, P. (eds) Poverty in the United States. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-43833-7_2

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