The Narrative Research Method

Studying Behaviour Patterns of Young People - By Young People.A Guide to Its Use

December 1993
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  • Publisher
    World Health Organization
  • Published
    30th December 1993
  • ISBN 9789241597364
  • Language English
  • Pages 38 pp.
  • Size 6.75" x 9.5"

Presents and explains a new approach to gathering data about adolescent health risks that draws on the knowledge and experience of young people and is intended for use by young people themselves. Known as the Narrative Research Method, this approach was developed in view of the urgent need to gather data, in a systematic way, on the most common patterns of sexual behaviour and relationships experienced by young people in their own societies. The method makes use of role play in the initial planning stages to develop a prototypical storyline which is then taken into the field and modified by other young people. The value of the method as a unique tool for gathering reliable data has been confirmed through extensive testing in eleven countries.
The booklet provides complete information about the purpose and practical application of the method, supported by numerous examples, model stories, sample questionnaires, and advice on the statistical analysis of results.