Creating the conditions for a person-centred research interview

An ideal interview room
The room 
I've taken some ideas from counselling here - where the interview takes place is important; not only its location in the University, but also the physical layout of the room can make a big difference. Yet finding and creating the right location isn’t always easy - offices aren't normally built with this purpose in mind. The aim is to create a safe, confidential and relaxing space, a warm, friendly and inviting atmosphere where people can feel as much at ease as possible. Also, reduce distractions as much as possible. I am planning to have soft music, soft lights and tea, coffee and water available in the room. The interview won't take place over a table, the distance between people will be reduced as much as possible. Recorded, with consent, but keep recorders out of direct view.

The researcher-interviewer
The researcher will hold Rogers' variables, the attitudes of:
  • realness
  • trust
  • empathy
The co-researcher
The person being interviewed in person-centred research is a co-researcher. Rogers' variables will be openly and explicitly conveyed to the person being interviewed, who is invited to share these attitudes themselves if they feel comfortable with this.

Things to take

  • consent forms
  • interview schedule
  • debriefing sheet
  • Printouts of questionnaires and schedules to discuss
  • overview of Maslow's hierarchy of needs
  • pens
  • clipboard
  • 2 x recorders
  • mp3 player and speaker
  • incense, burner and lighter
  • soft lighting
  • tea. coffee, water
  • camera - take picture of room setup for analysis