Roodt, CA, Keeley, P, Turner, M, Edmondson, A and Kendal, S (2022) Perspectives of an international sample of adults with Trichotillomania on the acceptability and feasibility of an asynchronous qualitative email interview method. Research Methods in Medicine & Health Sciences. ISSN 2632-0843

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<jats:sec><jats:title>Purpose</jats:title><jats:p> Trichotillomania (TTM) is characterised by the recurrent pulling out of one’s own hair, resulting in hair loss. It is a poorly understood disorder with no consensus on aetiology or epidemiology. Nested within a larger qualitative study exploring a wide range of TTM topics, the aim of this paper is to report and consider participant views on the acceptability and feasibility of the asynchronous email interview method. </jats:p></jats:sec><jats:sec><jats:title>Method</jats:title><jats:p> Cross-cultural qualitative research on TTM is sparse; therefore, an international qualitative study with a geographically diverse sample was conducted using an asynchronous email interview method. </jats:p></jats:sec><jats:sec><jats:title>Results</jats:title><jats:p> Participant perspectives highlighted three themes related to the study method: the value in creating personal connections, cathartic reflections, and perceived strengths and weaknesses. This paper highlights the potential of the asynchronous email interview method for sustaining remote research across multiple locations, using a sample of 20 adults with TTM (18–55 years) from 15 different countries. </jats:p></jats:sec><jats:sec><jats:title>Conclusions</jats:title><jats:p> This was an acceptable and feasible method for data collection, facilitating remote access while yielding rich data from an often hidden and hard-to-reach population. </jats:p></jats:sec>

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The final version of this article and all relevant information related to it, including copyrights, can be found on the publisher website. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/26320843221080733
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2022 09:37
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2022 09:37
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/10683

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