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Researcher and Therapist: The Conversations of the Qualitative Interview
Unformatted Document Text:  17 Conversation is really important.”) without offering her own, personalized feeling of their experience. In this example, the interviewer’s self-disclosure has diminished, rather than extended the dialog. The next exemplar illustrates a different phenomenon that may emerge as a result of therapist self-disclosure. Although the self-disclosure offered in this next passage of text does not diminish the dialog, it exerts an influence over the structure of the interview process that is similar to that in the previous exemplar. Exemplar 4 I: I asked about work and school and how that fits in your life. P: Work doesn’t do a whole lot. I enjoy nice things (at garage sale prices). I am very adaptable. I can survive on very, very little. [. . .] My parents are not educated by any means. My mother was a custodian, a janitor. My father never made more than $11 an hour in his whole life. But we had a good, middle class existence. [. . .] Right now, my parents would be happy with me if I would take like this job that is available in my office is $9 an hour. I could take that job and they would think it is the greatest thing. [. . .] Do you want to be a therapist because it is something you want? Does it offer you some type of comfort level? Have you ever worked in other fields? Were you ever a bartender or a bag boy at Finast? I: I waited tables in New York City. P: That is hard work. I: Hard work. Didn’t do it very long. But I did it for a while because I needed the money. I was a graduate student at the time there in a program . . . That was a psychology program but it was industrial organizational psychology. I was going

Authors: Kelly, Nancy.
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Conversation
is really important.”) without offering her own, personalized feeling of their experience. In this
example, the interviewer’s self-disclosure has diminished, rather than extended the dialog.
The next exemplar illustrates a different phenomenon that may emerge as a result of
therapist self-disclosure. Although the self-disclosure offered in this next passage of text does not
diminish the dialog, it exerts an influence over the structure of the interview process that is
similar to that in the previous exemplar.
Exemplar 4
I:
I asked about work and school and how that fits in your life.
P:
Work doesn’t do a whole lot. I enjoy nice things (at garage sale prices). I am very
adaptable. I can survive on very, very little. [. . .] My parents are not educated by
any means. My mother was a custodian, a janitor. My father never made more
than $11 an hour in his whole life. But we had a good, middle class existence.
[. . .] Right now, my parents would be happy with me if I would take like this job
that is available in my office is $9 an hour. I could take that job and they would
think it is the greatest thing. [. . .] Do you want to be a therapist because it is
something you want? Does it offer you some type of comfort level? Have you
ever worked in other fields? Were you ever a bartender or a bag boy at Finast?
I:
I waited tables in New York City.
P:
That is hard work.
I:
Hard work. Didn’t do it very long. But I did it for a while because I needed the
money. I was a graduate student at the time there in a program . . . That was a
psychology program but it was industrial organizational psychology. I was going


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